Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be sidelined for up to four weeks due to a gruesome cut to his head. Rooney received a boot to the head from teammate Phil Jones on August 30 during a training session and the England international needed numerous stitches to help it heal. Rooney missed United’s 1-0 loss at Liverpool the next day and will now have to sit out England’s important World Cup qualifying games in September.
England sits two points behind Montenegro in their qualifying group and has a game in hand. They take on Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London on September 6 and then head east for a match against Ukraine on September 10. Since Rooney has been embroiled in a dispute with Man United this summer, apparently hoping to be sold to Chelsea, many fans weren’t sure if the injury was legitimate or not.
However, Rooney recently posted photos of his cut head to his Facebook account and it’s understandable why he will miss England’s games and a few more of United’s. When posting the photos Rooney wrote, “Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the two games. There’s nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers. I’m sure people will see from these images the reason why I won’t be able to play.”
Both Man United and England will miss the 27-year-old. Rooney has scored 36 goals in 84 matches for his homeland and also has 197 goals in 414 total appearances with his club. In 481 career club matches he has scored a total of 214 goals. Rooney started his pro career with English Premier League club Everton in 2002 and had 17 goals in 77 contests with them.