Rooney out for two more weeks and will miss Liverpool clash
09:59 GMT, 4 January 2013
10:14 GMT, 4 January 2013
Blow: Rooney is set to be out for another two weeks after a training ground injury
Wayne Rooney is set for two more weeks on the sidelines and will miss Manchester United's clash with Liverpool on January 13.
The England striker missed his team's 4-3 Boxing Day win over Newcastle, after he tore a ligament in the back of his knee on the training ground on Christmas Day, before sitting out United's next two festive-period fixtures against West Brom and Wigan.
The 27-year-old will now miss the Old Trafford battle with arch-rivals Liverpool as well as the FA Cup third-round tie with West Ham this weekend.
Ferguson said at a press conference on Friday: ‘Wayne Rooney is still injured. It’s a bit of a surprise because it’s longer than we thought. We expected him to be back in training but he’s not.
‘It’s nothing serious but it looks as though he’s going to be out for another two weeks or so. He won’t be set for Liverpool.
‘It’s nothing serious, he just got clipped behind his knee. We sent him for a scan and nothing really showed but he’s still feeling it.
‘So hopefully two weeks will sort it but nonetheless it’s a loss. Although we’re in great form you always want your best players available for games that are coming up.
‘We’ve got West Ham tomorrow, Liverpool next week and then Tottenham the week after that. And the FA Cup again hopefully after that.'
Out: Rooney will miss United's match against Liverpool on January 13
He added: ‘It’s a tough period and you always want your best squad available.
‘He’s not had a full season anyway so it’s not as though we can’t cope without him.’
Rooney is also struggling to be fit to face Tottenham on January 20 at White Hart Lane.
The former Everton man has scored
seven goals this season and played second fiddle to new-signing and
Premier League top-scorer Robin van Persie.
United are currently seven points clear of city rivals and defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race.