Rooney's ankle 'sprain' won't scupper his World Cup chances

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London, Apr 1(ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's scan has revealed that his sprained ankle will heal in time for him to play in this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Rooney had injured his ankle in United's Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and after initial medical reports he had been ruled out of action for a month.

Though it means that the 24-year-old will not kick another ball for United this season, fears of his non-availability for the much anticipated tournament have been put behind.

The sight of Rooney hobbling on crutches had made the whole nation worried, as it was an action replay of his 2006 scare when a broken bone in his foot made him doubtful for that year's World Cup.

However, this time he looks much more certain to play after his new injury was diagnosed as "tweaked ankle ligaments".

"It's not great news for us, but it's a brilliant result for every England fan. He has basically tweaked his right ankle ligaments and his foot has swollen up. But with a bit of rest, physio, hydro and ice treatments he should be raring to go to South Africa," The Sun quoted a United source, as saying.

Rooney had limped off in agony after a challenge by Bayern striker Mario Gomez in the final seconds of United's Champions League defeat.

It is the 12th significant foot or ankle injury the striker has suffered in his career - and there are already growing concerns over a knee problem he is carrying. (ANI)

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