MANCHESTER, England - 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 missed United's past 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 climes with a fitness coach and his family before a hoped for return at Chelsea on January 19.
"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."
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.
Meanwhile, United great Ryan Giggs has admitted the former champions are facing a "test of character" after a run of poor results.
But the 40-year-old Giggs, United's record appearance-maker, sees no reason why the club cannot turn round their fortunes under Moyes just as they did on several occasions during Alex Ferguson's celebrated time in charge.