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Rooney could miss rest of the season

sports Updated: Apr 25, 2010 00:39 IST

Wayne Rooney could miss the final two games of Manchester United's challenge for a fourth successive Premier League title after suffering a groin injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Saturday.

The England striker watched from the stands at Old Trafford as United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 to go two points clear of Chelsea with two games remaining.

Ferguson said Rooney, a talismanic figure for England as they prepare for the World Cup starting in South Africa in June, had picked up the injury on Thursday, adding he could not say when he might return.

“It's difficult to say, groin injuries are groin injuries and I think it probably will maybe take two to three weeks to be honest,” he told Sky Sports television. Asked whether he would play again this season, the Scot added: “We'll try. Obviously we'll give him every chance.”