Premier League - Fergie blames Rooney for injury

Eurosport - Sat, 06 Mar 01:51:00 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed Wayne Rooney for potentially aggravating a knee injury playing for England against Egypt.

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Ferguson believes it was Rooney's desire to be involved in everything that led to him start at Wembley. It was a decision that could yet come back to haunt Manchester United as their star man is now a doubt for Saturday evening's trip to Wolves.

"We have to assess Wayne because he played almost 90 minutes for England the other night at Wembley, which I was disappointed in," said Ferguson. "When you are playing on that pitch for almost an hour on Sunday and then nearly a full game on Wednesday it's far too much. Now he is a doubt for Wolves."

However, the Scot said he did not blame England boss Fabio Capello, instead laying the blame at Rooney's door.

"It is hard to quell people the enthusiasm of people like Wayne," he said.

"He is restless. He can't sit down. He is always on the move.

"Even in hotels he is moving from one table to another. If we are away in Europe he is walking about all the time.

"But eventually you see you can't be doing this running about all the time. You have to take a rest sometimes.

"I don't think he should have played on Wednesday.

"It is his own enthusiasm that has caused it. His problem is that he can't say no."

It is a measure of Ferguson's respect for Capello that he has adopted such a neutral view of the Italian's involvement. He even watched Wednesday's game and got a feeling England are on to something good.

"It was the best I have seen England play for years," he said. "You saw them on Wednesday and you say to yourself that team has a chance in the World Cup."


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