- POSTED: 10 Jan 2014 22:33
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Manchester United manager David Moyes revealed on Friday that Wayne Rooney had been sent away on warm weather training in a bid to overcome his groin injury.
MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager David Moyes revealed on Friday that Wayne Rooney had been sent away on warm weather training in a bid to overcome his groin injury.
The 28-year-old England striker has missed United's last two games with a groin injury but it was hoped he could return to face Swansea this weekend as the Premier League champions look to end a three-game losing streak in all competitions.
However, Moyes said Rooney had been sent away to sunnier climbs with a fitness coach and his family before a hoped for return at Chelsea on January 19.
"Wayne has been sent away on a sort of hot weather break. His groin has not recovered yet. We have sent the fitness coach with him and he is away with his family.
"I gave him a bit of a break, I always hoped I would be able to do it at some point in the season but his groin is not as good as we hoped at this point.
"Hopefully we can get him fit for Chelsea and we will see how he is. He will do some work with the fitness coach."
"He has an injury, we have to hope he gets better. We have given it a chance to heal but we feel the best thing to do is to let him work in warmer weather and go away with the family and hopefully it will get him better," Moyes added.
The under-pressure manager also said United would be without Robin van Persie, their other star striker, for the Swansea match, with the Dutchman still sidelined by a thigh problem.