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Rooney not ready to face Liverpool

ESPN staff
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Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the prospect of Wayne Rooney returning to the Manchester United line-up to face Liverpool on Sunday.

Some reports had suggested Rooney, who has missed nearly a month of football since suffering a gash to his thigh against Fulham, might be ready to return to action at Anfield.

But Ferguson has snubbed the idea, indicating the England striker is another week away from match fitness.

Ashley Young will also miss the game at Anfield, a match that will be played against the backdrop of the results of the Hillsborough independent panel.

"We have everyone available who was available last Wednesday," Ferguson said. "I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He's not far away, I think he may be fine for next week.

"He's doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It's just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of.

"Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage - I think it's going to take two or three weeks more. We're just taking our time with that one. You can easily play with it and train but we're not going down that road, we want to make sure he's okay.

"We get a lot of experiences these days of these injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don't want that with the players - we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks' time."

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