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Rooney restricted to sub role on comeback

sports Updated: Feb 07, 2009 09:04 IST
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Wayne Rooney will be restricted to a substitute's role when he comes back from injury in Manchester United's Premier League match at West Ham on Sunday, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said.

Ferguson revealed Friday that bad weather this week had meant United have done less arduous training sessions than he had hoped, which has cost Rooney the chance to demonstrate he is ready for a full match after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The United boss insisted however that he would not object to his star striker travelling to Spain next week for England's friendly in Seville, saying that was up to Fabio Capello.

"I have not spoken to Fabio but I hope to do so in order to explain the situation," Ferguson said. "He can then decide after dialogue with the physios whether it is worth taking Wayne to Seville.

"I have no strong issue with that. It is a question of whether he would play or be a substitute, which is the same position as I am in.

"It is up to Fabio. I really have no strong objection to that."

Ferguson also confirmed Gary Neville will miss the West Ham trip with a virus that forced him to come off against Everton last Saturday.

With Brazilian teenager Rafael also out, Wes Brown is expected to start in the right back role.