Wayne Rooney sets comeback date ahead of Man United v Liverpool

Wayne Rooney is hoping to be back in action for Manchester United after the forthcoming international break

Wayne Rooney has revealed that he is hoping to return to action for Manchester United next month.

The England striker has been out of action since suffering a knee injury during the Premier League defeat by Sunderland back on 13 February and is currently working on his fitness levels at the club’s Carrington training ground.

Rooney will miss Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, but says that he hopes to be back in action after the forthcoming international break.

Speaking to United’s website, Rooney said: “Rehab is going well but, hopefully, it won’t be too long.

“I don’t know [when I will return]. Obviously, I will miss the international games but, hopefully, it won’t be too long.

“It’s not too bad but obviously it’s [a case of] just being a bit cautious. It’s difficult to push back. If I tried to push it to be involved now, it could cause more damage.

“So, being cautious, after the international break is more realistic.

“I am hoping that, if I am back when I am expected to be back, depending on the two cups we are in, then there could be over 10 games left plus the England games.

“I was saying before it has been eight games that I have missed. I didn’t realise it was that many so it’s obviously really frustrating. Myself, the manager and the doctor felt it was best for me to get a bit of rest and that is why I went away. That will do me good in the coming weeks.”

United head into Thursday’s clash with Liverpool on the back of their 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

If the Red Devils win their replay at Upton Park, they will take on Everton at Wembley for a place in the final.

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Louis van Gaal’s men are currently sixth in the Premier League table and 16 points behind leaders Leicester.

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