United star set for prolonged injury woe
Manchester United could be without Wayne Rooney for two months due to the severity of the leg injury suffered against Fulham.
The 26-year-old Red Devils hitman suffered a six inch cut to his right thigh cut which went as deep as the bone following an accidental collision with Cottagers' striker Hugo Rodallega late on in Unted's 3-2 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed after the game that he expected Rooney to be missing for up to four weeks. But, following surgery on the wound, it is thought surgeons were surprised by the severity of the injury and the player is poised to spend twice as long on the sidelines.
There are fears that Rooney has suffered muscle damage beneath the skin, while there is also the possibility of further surgery being required if the wound fails to heal satisfactorily.
It means Rooney will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month and the start of United's Champions League campaign.
And, as Danny Welbeck was given the nod to start alongside Robin van Persie on Saturday, Rooney could also face a fight to force his way back into the United starting XI when he is fit to make his return to action.