Fergie unsure over Rooney

Manager still to decide on striker's participation

By Peter O'Rourke.   Last Updated: 14/09/07 4:46pm

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Rooney: Back in squad

Rooney: Back in squad

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Wayne Rooney will be in the squad to face former club Everton on Saturday.

Rooney returned to training this week after recovering from the broken foot he sustained on the opening day of the season against Reading.

Despite being named in the squad, Ferguson is still unsure if he will unleash Rooney against Everton.

Advice

"I would just assess it [Rooney's fitness] and take medical advice from the doctor," said Ferguson.

"He has trained very well this week. He is a terrific trainer."

Ferguson also revealed Owen Hargreaves is likely to miss out on the trip to Goodison Park as he struggles to shake off a groin problem.

Hargreaves, who missed England's two Euro 2008 qualifiers with the injury, took part in training on Friday, but will likely be rested ahead of next week's UEFA Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon.

Risk
"There's not a lot wrong with Owen," added Ferguson. "He trained well today (Friday). But I don't know whether we'll risk that against Everton. It's more likely he'll play in Lisbon on Wednesday."

Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea both face spells on the sidelines after picking up injuries on international duty.

Fletcher limped out of Scotland's 1-0 win over France with a leg injury and he is expected to be ruled out for up to six weeks.

O'Shea picked up a knee knock in Republic of Ireland's defeat to Czech Republic and the versatile performer faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines.

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