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Van Nistelrooy pained at missing Keane's testimonial

Written by: Staff

KATWIJK, Netherlands, May 9 (Reuters) Ruud van Nistelrooy says it will be painful missing former team mate Roy Keane's testimonial today following the Dutch striker's fall-out with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

Speculation has surrounded the future of van Nistelrooy, who is taking part in a World Cup training camp in Katwijk, since he went home after being left out of United's final Premier League game of the season against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

Media reports said Ferguson had told the player he would take no part in the testimonial match between United and Keane's Celtic side at Old Trafford.

''The training camp is taking my mind off it (the testimonial), especially as I cannot be there,'' van Nistelrooy told Sky Sports. ''For me it's painful.

''I wanted to pay my respects to Roy. I wasn't allowed to so that was the most painful thing.'' The Dutch team's first World Cup match is against Group C opponents Serbia and Montenegro in Leipzig on June 11.

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