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Last Updated: Wednesday June 07 2006 10:29 GMT

Bunny Rooney in rabbit recovery

Rooney the injured rabbit
An injured rabbit called Rooney has got his owners hopping he'll be fit in time for the World Cup.

Rooney the rabbit suffered a broken paw at around the same time as his famous footballing namesake Wayne.

Amazingly, Rooney's owners - who happen to be Manchester United fans - think he may have broken his paw during a game of football with his pal Buttons.

Rooney is now being looked after at Manchester's PetAid hospital and is making a great recovery.

The bunny's owner Paul Latham said: "Rooney loves running in the garden pushing around a football and must have been tackled a bit too vigorously by his friend, my other pet rabbit, Buttons.

Rooney the injured rabbit
Rooney the rabbit is being well looked after
"It's such a strange coincidence that our little Rooney damaged his right foot at the same time Wayne did!"

A spokesperson for the hospital said they'd advised Paul on the best exercises to get Rooney back to full fitness.

Paul added: "He's really missing his daily game of football and he's fed up of sitting on the side-line watching Buttons dribbling the ball past his hutch!"

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