More starring time for Hernandez with Rooney out for five weeks
Javier Hernandez is likely to get an extended run in Manchester United’s first team after it was suggested that Wayne Rooney could miss all of their Premier League games in November as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Rooney has not played since coming on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against West Brom, but in his time off the field has managed to sort out his future by agreeing a new five-year deal at Manchester United.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he does not want Rooney returning until he is fully fit, which means that he is suspected to be out of action for a further five weeks.
He told the Sunday Express: “He will have to pick up his fitness again. I would think five weeks should be about right.
“Any player who has been out for a few weeks – you want them 100 per cent and not breaking down.”
Rooney has managed just one goal so far in a disappointing season and this has seen his price drift to 20/1 to end the season as the Premier League’s top scorer.
However, the Red Devils have remained in the title race in Rooney’s absence with Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov scoring some important goals.
Berbatov has struck six in the league and Hernandez three as United are still unbeaten after ten games and remain within five points of leaders Chelsea.
Rooney is set to miss Premier League games with the likes of Manchester City and Aston Villa, alongside potentially important Champions League clashes with Bursaspor and Rangers.
Manchester United are 4/1 to win the Premier League with their next game coming at home to Wolves, which is a fixture that was played recently in the fourth round of the Carling Cup with Ferguson masterminding a 3-2 success.
Chelsea are big favourites to win the Premier League at 4/9. See the full Premier League betting odds market.