Rooney remained in hospital on Saturday night as medical staff assessed the extent of the injury he sustained when Hugo Rodallega landed on him in stoppage time.
Immediately after the game, Sir
This has been emphasised by the reaction of surgeons who were "surprised" at the depth of the cut.
Rooney returned home on Sunday after a comfortable night.
However, his chances of figuring in next weekend's Premier League encounter with Southampton appear non-existent and it seems inevitable he will also miss England's opening World Cup qualifiers against
The one reason for optimism is that when Nani needed stitches in a nasty wound, admittedly below the knee, inflicted by
With the start of another Champions League campaign and a trip to
Rodallega has been cleared of any blame for the incident, which happened as Rooney attempted to close down a free-kick that had just rebounded back to the Colombian.
The sheer force of Rodallega landing on Rooney caused the damage and it appeared the Fulham man was wearing studs, rather than the blades some have argued cause greater injury.
Rooney's condition helped deflect attention away from the fact he did not feature in the United starting line-up yesterday, although Ferguson was at pains to stress there are "no problems" with the forward.
Instead of being paired with new signing
Rooney was amongst those to perform well below expectations at
However, it must have been a blow to the striker's pride if nothing else.
And with the transfer window due to close on Friday, there is bound to be some talk of Rooney's future, if only outside the club.
Certainly Ferguson was quick to quell such talk even as Rooney was heading to hospital.
"To start the two of them would have been too much. Wayne understood that.
"There is no problem. He played his part when he came on."
Rooney did have just three pre-season outings, although including the Everton game, did have five hours' action under his belt prior to kick-off, significantly more than
However, whilst Kagawa was excellent against Fulham, what must also be factored into Ferguson's use of the summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund is that his international break involves a draining return home and World Cup qualifiers against
Ferguson noted with
"Wayne is a world-class player," said the Dutchman.
"He can give you everything; assists, goals. He is quick, technical. He loves to link up as well.
"I am looking forward to that combination of course.
"I am a football fan. I like to enjoy my work. With Wayne and all the others I think I can do that."
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