Saturday, January 31, 2009


Wayne Rooney will not figure for Manchester United against Everton on Saturday - although the striker is expected to return to action at West Ham next Sunday.

Rooney limped out of United's Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan earlier this month after picking up a hamstring injury but could now be available for England's friendly with Spain in Seville on February 11.

Patrice Evra and Nani could also return next weekend, while Ferguson reports no fresh injury worries from Tuesday's 5-0 win at West Brom.

Neither Rio Ferdinand nor Wes Brown have suffered any reaction to their comebacks while young Brazilian full-back Fabio is also in contention as United look to complete an unprecedented 12th top-flight clean sheet in a row.

Everton could be without key midfielders Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford.

Cahill, who has scored four goals in eight starts as a makeshift striker, injured his right foot in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Although X-rays have revealed only severe bruising and no break, he remains a doubt to face United.

Fellaini injured a shin against the Gunners and manager David Moyes will not risk either player if there is any doubt.


Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Vidic, O'Shea, Fabio, Chester, Eckersley, Ronaldo, Scholes, Giggs, Carrick, Park, Gibson, Possebon, Tevez, Berbatov, Welbeck.

Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Anichebe, Gosling, Castillo, Rodwell, Neville, Osman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Nash, Yobo, Van der Meyde, Jacobsen, Jutkiewicz.

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