Man United’s David Moyes hopeful over Wayne Rooney injury

David Moyes is hoping that Wayne Rooney will be fit to face West Ham at the weekend after missing Stoke win

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Wayne Rooney has scored five goals so far this season Photo: bwin

David Moyes has revealed that Wayne Rooney missed Manchester United’s League Cup win at Stoke City due to a groin injury but is hopeful the striker could return for the weekend’s clash with West Ham.

Rooney was substituted during the 3-0 Premier League victory at Aston Villa on Sunday, with United yet to confirm the extent of the problem.

The 28-year-old striker was left out of the squad for Wednesday’s quarter-final win at the Britannia Stadium, and when asked if the forward could return at the weekend, Moyes replied: “He has got a chance, yes.”

We did well tonight in difficult conditions. It was an incredible night

David Moyes

Rooney has been one of United’s standout performers this season, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances during an stuttering start to their title defence.

Meanwhile, the United boss, whose side will take on Sunderland in the semi-finals next month, praised his side for showing good concentration in difficult wintry contritions.

“It was good for our defenders to get another clean sheet,” Moyes told MUTV.

“Stoke is not an easy place to come to: we had to defend quite a few corners and balls in the box. So defensively we were really sound.

“We did well tonight in difficult conditions. It was an incredible night – the conditions played havoc and were a leveller for the whole game. In the first half it was difficult so it was important the defenders concentrated and didn’t make any mistakes.

“It might have been a night where a centre-half slipped over or misjudged the ball in the wind, so we had to make sure that didn’t happen.”

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