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Wayne Rooney will be out for two to four weeks with the sprained ankle he sustained during Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final tie yesterday, Sky Sports News have reported.
There were fears that Rooney may have suffered a fracture of his ligaments, an injury that could have sidelined him for months and possibly put his participation in this summer's World Cup in jeopardy.
However, it appears that the injury may not be too serious, although he will almost certainly miss United's crucial match with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday and the return with Bayern, at the same ground, next Wednesday.
Edwin van der Sar, whose man-of-the-match display ensured United do still have hope of reaching the semi-finals after a poor performance, insists they can cope without Rooney. "Against Bolton we also played with some other players," he said.
"It can happen in the season. You always want your best players available but we know the players coming in can also do a good job."
Rooney can expect to miss the trip to Blackburn on 11th April and may also struggle to be involved in the Manchester derby with City at Eastlands the following weekend and the home meeting with Spurs on 24th April.
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was in agony last night amid fears he had broken a bone in his right leg during the 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.
During the closing stages, after substitute Theo Walcott had pulled a goal back, the Gunners skipper - who would have missed the second leg against his old club after being booked in the first half - was bundled over by Carles Puyol and awarded a penalty.
It was during that collision with the Barcelona captain, who was shown a red card by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca, that Fabregas suffered the latest problem which the Spain international believes could even end his season - and perhaps threaten a place at the World Cup.
"I am not good," said Fabregas, who left Emirates Stadium on crutches.
"We have to wait for tomorrow, but I hope I can wear the Arsenal shirt again this season.
"I fear the worst, which is that I have broken something.( Collapse )
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