When it was announced today that Wayne Rooney would be going to the Nike labs in Portland, America for a week of conditioning training ahead of his return for United it set alarm bells off.
Rooney hasn’t played since his late cameo against West Brom last month and after aggravating his ankle injury after a clash with Paul Scholes will need to regain his fitness ahead of a return to the frentic pace of the Premier League. Mike Phelan stated that Rooney has indeed recovered from his ankle injury and the trip to America has come about in order for him to get back to match fitness away from the glare of the media who seem to have the striker well in their sights.
To be fair the comments make sense, after the madness with his extra marital affairs and his stance on the club and it’s ambition it makes sense for him to be away. Of course it rules him out of the Manchester derby but at the same time if he wasn’t match fit whether he was in the country or not he wouldn’t have played.
There are a lot of conspiracy theories over Rooney and his position at the club, many still feel he will leave in the summer despite signing his new contract and things like this will only fuel them so until Rooney is seen on the pitch happy and scoring goals they won’t subside.
Personally I don’t see what all the fuss is, if he is away at Nike where I’m assuming they have some of the best facilities in the world attempting to get fit then we should be optimistic. Looking in the long term we have bigger games against title rivals like Arsenal and Chelsea coming up and if this trip means we can see a top shape Rooney lining up against them I’m all for this latest trip on the Rooney world tour.
Phelan said he will be gone for a week, next Saturday when we face Aston Villa I think this so called murky picture maybe a touch clearer.
I doubt Wayne will probably have any time to brush up on his Fifa 11 skills whilst away for his week long training so you could catch him cold if you win the chance to play against him: