Rooney doubtful for AC Milan clash

 

Soccer:Wayne Rooney could miss the second leg of Manchester United's Champions League clash with AC Milan on Wednesday night.

Rooney aggravated a knee injury after playing all but four minutes of England's friendly win over Egypt, and that kept him out of United's 1-0 win against Wolves.

Now Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson claims it could also keep him out of their midweek European tie.

"It wasn't looking good from when he got back on Thursday - his knee was swollen," said Ferguson before the clash at Molineux.

"He's a doubt for Wednesday now, which is a bigger problem for us."

Ferguson left Rooney out of the Carling Cup final starting line-up last weekend, and was unhappy that he was not either rested or withdrawn for the national squad in midweek after being forced to play nearly an hour against Aston Villa.

However, Ferguson's annoyance was not directed at England coach Fabio Capello, but rather Rooney himself.

"I don't think he should have played," said Ferguson. "It is his own enthusiasm that has caused it. His problem is that he can't say no.

"He told us on Sunday he was feeling his knee. Then all of a sudden people put an arm around his shoulder with England and he wants to play.

"Fabio Capello has to pick his best team. A win was important so I don't blame him at all

"I was more disappointed with Wayne. Why didn't he come off? I cant believe it."

With Michael Owen out for the season with a hamstring injury, Danny Welbeck out on loan at Preston and Federico Macheda only just returning from a lengthy spell out, Ferguson could be left with only Dimitar Berbatov and Mame Biram Diouf to take on Milan. United hold a 3-2 lead from the first leg.