Rooney aggravates groin injury, Ferguson optimistic

Updated: May 10, 2010, 09:31 AM IST

London: Wayne Rooney suffered a fresh injury scare as Manchester United`s title hopes were dashed on Sunday, the striker aggravating a groin injury which will have England coach Fabio Capello edgily awaiting details.

Rooney looked in discomfort when he was replaced after 75 minutes of the 4-0 rout of Stoke at Old Trafford, and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said it was a recurrence of a groin problem.

Chelsea`s 8-0 win over Wigan meant United`s hopes of a record 19th league title were over. Capello is due to name his provisional 30-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.

"Wayne`s aggravated his groin again," Ferguson told reporters. "I think he`ll be okay for England though. I don`t think it is serious."

Rooney, 24, finished the season with 34 goals for United, including 26 in the Premier League. He missed several crucial games for United last month after suffering an ankle injury.

Bureau Report