MANCHESTER, England - Wayne Rooney believes he is ready to return to Premier League action after making his comeback from a horrific thigh injury in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Newcastle in the League Cup third round.
The England striker, 26, suffered a deep gash to his thigh in the 3-2 win over Fulham in August that left blood gushing from the wound and needed hospital treatment.
Rooney was sidelined for a month, missing four matches, while the injury healed, but he returned with a 76-minute appearance as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side earned a fourth round trip to Chelsea with a victory against Alan Pardew’s side at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Now Ferguson must decide whether to break up the partnership of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa to include Rooney in Saturday’s (Sunday Fiji time) Premier League match against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
But Rooney, who also missed two England internationals, was just pleased to have returned to United colours.
“Of course it was good to be back. It has been four weeks since I last played and I was delighted to be back out on the pitch playing,” he said.
“It was a good run-out so I’m delighted and hopefully there are a lot more games to come.
“I feel good. It was my first game back after a few weeks and it was great to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that will benefit me.
“It’s great team spirit at this place and we’re in a good place at the moment. Hopefully we can kick on after the good games we’ve had over the last few weeks.”