Rooney ready for Spurs

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Wayne Rooney: Manchester United striker will return to action on Sunday at White Hart Lane

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be fit for Manchester United's trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

Rooney has been sidelined for over two weeks with a throat infection and has not played for United since their victory at Ajax in the Europa League.

He also missed England's midweek defeat to Holland, but Ferguson has confirmed that after training all this week he is ready to return for the top-of-the-table clash with Tottenham - which you can see live on Sky Sports 1HD.

Ferguson confirmed that Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia remained sidelined, while Chris Smalling was a doubt after suffering a head injury playing for England after a clash with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

"There's no concussion but he's got quite a nasty cut," Ferguson said of Smalling.


"Whether we can patch it up, I'm not quite sure. We need to tread carefully and see what he's like [on Saturday].

"Rooney is fit and trained all week [but] Cleverley and Valencia are still out."

Michael Owen is also nearing a return to action, having not featured since early November.

"Hopefully the lad will have a bit of luck," said Ferguson.

"He's not had much at all. When he has an injury it always seems to be a long one. Hopefully he'll be back for the rest of the season, which will help us."

He hinted that he could again go with Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick in midfield, praising their partnership and suggesting the latter is starting to hit his stride.

"He and Scholes are a good partnership," he said.

"Michael's form for quite a well has been absolutely superb. He always does better in the second half of the season, he always disagrees with me but I think we see the best of him in second-half."

Ferguson is already looking forward to the meeting with Spurs on Sunday and he admits it is a huge contest for both clubs.


"Tottenham is always a tremendous highlight for us. It's always a tremendous game given the history of both clubs. It's a very important game for us," he said.

"Look at the rest of the season. You can certainly say we're building up to what could turn out to be a title decider with Manchester City.

"This is our hardest away game, no doubt. Hopefully we can navigate it.

"Harry Redknapp's added lot of players and changed things around. Kyle Walker is a tremendous full-back. He has great pace going forward and there's pace on the other side from Gareth Bale, while Rafael van der Vaart has cleverness off the front.

"As for Luka Modric, everyone realises what a tremendous player he is. So it's a team full of talent and they're having a great season."

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