Out for the season?

Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich last night was grim enough for the club, without seeing Wayne Rooney limp off injured. Now the Premier League’s top goal scorer is having tests on his right foot to see if he will be fit for the massive game against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday, and more importantly the rest of the season and the World Cup.

‘It's too early now to know for sure,’ said Alex Ferguson after the game. ‘He has hurt his ankle and we'll have to wait and see. I can't answer how long it will be. He is being treated by our medics and we will see what he's like tomorrow.'

Bayern manager Louis Van Gaal knows just how important the Liverpudlian is to United’s chances of winning trophies this year, and the chance of going into a second leg against them without Rooney would make him very happy indeed.

‘He is their most important player,’ said the Dutchman. ‘Just look at the statistics. Rooney is their top scorer with 34 goals. Dimitar Berbatov has 12 goals but until this weekend their second-highest scorer was the opposition, with 11 own goals. That's how important Rooney is to them.’

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