Player of the Year Rooney allays World Cup fears

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London, Apr 26 (ANI): Allaying fears over his fitness for the World Cup, ace striker Wayne Rooney Cup has declared that he will return for Manchester United's potentially decisive final Premier League game of the season against Stoke City on May 9.

After picking the PFA Player of the Year Award, Rooney said: "I'm fine. I'll be all right for the World Cup. In fact, I'll be ready for the Stoke game."

United feared Rooney, suffering from groin and ankle problems, would miss the title run-in.

Rooney paid tribute to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as he picked up his trophy, with the Young Player of the Year award going to James Milner.

"Sir Alex is a great manager who has really brought me on as a player since I joined United. His hunger passes through to the players. It's great to see he's pushing 70 and hasn't changed a bit. I'm sure he'll be here for a long time yet," he said.

Rooney has undergone a gruelling 55-game season and his old knee injury has also flared up again, The Sun reports.

United No.2 Mike Phelan admitted that the latest injury setbacks have been brought on through sheer exhaustion for Rooney.

"He has a groin problem and that is possibly due to fatigue. He's had a fantastic season and these things creep up on you now and again. Wayne has just suffered in the past two to three weeks," Phelan said. (ANI)

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