Injuries blunt United attack for Basel game

Manchester: Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will miss Tuesday`s Champions League game at home to FC Basel, manager Alex Ferguson said.

Rooney missed Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League after injuring his hamstring in training, while his usual strike partner Hernandez was forced off early in the match with a dead leg.

Defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling will also miss the match against the Swiss side at Old Trafford with ankle and groin injuries respectively.

"He`s not playing tomorrow," Ferguson said of Rooney, who has scored nine league goals this season.

"It`s difficult to assess hamstring injuries .. he did a bit of jogging this morning but that`s all. It`s difficult to say (when he will be back)."

Ferguson added at Monday`s news conference that Hernandez`s injury was "straightforward" and expected him to be available for Saturday`s home league game against promoted Norwich City.

United drew 1-1 at Benfica in their opening Group C game in Europe`s elite club competition. Basel were 2-1 winners over Romania`s Otelul Galati.

Bureau Report

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