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Manchester United Reveal Wayne Rooney Missed Norwich Game Due to Illness

November 18th, 2012 at 12:05 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Manchester United are hoping that Wayne Rooney will be fit and ready for the Champions League match against Galatasaray on Tuesday. Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Rooney missed the Norwich match not because of injury but because of tonsillitis.

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Rooney appeared to have injured his ankle in the last moments of the Aston Villa game last weekend and quickly pulled out of England's friendly squad against Sweden. Ferguson has now shed some light on the fitness of the striker, stating that Rooney missed the trip to Norwich due to illness.

Speaking to MUTV, Ferguson said, "He's had tonsillitis. We hope he'll be in tomorrow-we'll see what he's like then. If he does come in hopefully we can get him ready for Tuesday."

United's medical team is set to assess Rooney on Sunday and will make a decision shortly after that. Rooney was a big absence in United's shock loss to Norwich. The Red Devils were surprisingly toothless in attack and missed the creativity of Rooney especially in the final third of the pitch. Norwich were well-deserved winners however, and Ferguson was quick to point out this fact after the match. The manager conceded that Norwich battled very hard and defended resolutely to claim all three points.

United have grown accustomed to creating exciting comebacks but could not dig deep enough to fashion one this time around. United will be hoping to bounce back quickly though and will hope to get back to winning ways against Galatasaray in the Champions League before taking on Queens Park Rangers at home in the Premier League. 

Tags: Galatasaray, Manchester, Manchester United, Norwich, Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Tonsillitis, Wayne Rooney

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