Rooney out for up to three weeks - Ferguson

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 00:05 AM IST

Valencia:Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be out of action for up to three weeks, his manager Alex Ferguson said on Tuesday.

Rooney injured the ankle in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday and will miss Wednesday`s Champions League Group C clash at Valencia and the Premier League match at Sunderland on Saturday.

"Two to three weeks maybe it depends," Ferguson told a news conference at Valencia`s Mestalla stadium when asked how long Rooney would be out.

"He`s a strong lad and he`s done quite well in recovering from injury in the past," he added.

England international Rooney had a disappointing World Cup in South Africa and has yet to rediscover his best club form following widely-publicised allegations about his private life.

Asked how the latest injury setback was affecting the player`s state of mind, Ferguson said: "Nobody likes to be injured. I think he`d rather be out here playing with us but he`s not. There`s nothing you can do about it."

Rooney is also likely to miss England`s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on Oct. 12.

United midfielder Paul Scholes has a calf injury and Ferguson said he should return to action in around 10 days.

Bureau Report