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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 June, 2004, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
Rooney faces two months out
England striker Wayne Rooney tends to his injury
Everton have confirmed their England striker Wayne Rooney will miss the start of the Premiership season after breaking a bone in his foot.

Rooney limped off during the quarter-final defeat to Portugal and will not start rehabilitation for three weeks.

"Wayne has a cracked fifth metatarsal and should be treated with rest," said Everton physio Mick Rathbone.

"The recovery time will be around eight weeks and he'll be able to start his rehabilitation within three to four."

The 18-year-old Everton striker had been England's star of the tournament, scoring four goals.

He suffered the injury in a challenge from Jorge Andrade and was replaced by Darius Vassell.

Everton begin their Premiership campaign at home to champions Arsenal on 14 August.

Rooney's early departure from Portugal also has ruled him out from being a "player of the tournament" contender, though he is line to be included in the team of Euro 2004.

"I am sure that Rooney will be a matter for discussion when we sit down to discuss the players who will be included in the team of the tournament," said former Blackburn manager Roy Hodgson, who sits on Uefa's technical group.

"But if you are talking about the player of the tournament I don't think it's correct that we choose someone who played only three games and 20 minutes.

"There will be players who will have played five or six matches and who have had a major influence on their sides reaching the final stages.

"I think we will find the player of the competition will come from the last four teams."





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