Ryan Giggs has allayed fears that a groin injury could hinder Wayne Rooney’s selection for England’s World Cup squad. Manchester United’s interim manager told the press of the England striker’s injury ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with relegation strugglers Sunderland, saying Rooney has also been hit with a bug.
"A few of the lads have had a bug," said Giggs.
"Wayne Rooney has, Anders Lindegaard has. Wayne has a tight groin, too. Together with the bug, it means his immune system is down so we have to watch that.
"Wayne being Wayne, he wants to play [against Sunderland] and wants to be involved. We will monitor it over the next 24 hours."
The news makes Rooney a doubt for Saturday’s match and comes just 10 days before England Manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. However the nature of the problem shouldn’t affect Rooney’s inclusion in the interim squad.
Giggs’ explanation that it’s a minor injury will come as relief to the England boss who’s attacking options have already been weakened with long term injuries to Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.
Hodgson will name a 23-man squad on Monday 12 May and can have seven players on standby before confirming the final squad on 2 June. England have one more friendly, against Peru at Wembley on Friday 30 May, before flying to Miami where they have two warm up matches before the start of the World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June.