BBC Sport
Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
 
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Rooney needs a miracle - Eriksson
Wayne Rooney
Rooney broke a metatarsal bone against Chelsea
Wayne Rooney has "more than one fracture" and needs a "miracle" to be fit for the World Cup, according to England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The striker, 20, had a second scan on his metatarsal on Wednesday.

Eriksson said: "I knew yesterday [Tuesday] that he had more than one fracture. Miracles happen in life now and then, but I don't really know."

Manchester United believe Rooney is six weeks away from training but Eriksson may still include him in his squad.

I will not rule him out until the doctors tell me there is no chance
Sven-Goran Eriksson

England and Manchester United's medical teams meet on Thursday to discuss Rooney's chances of making the finals.

Rooney broke his foot against Chelsea on Saturday and an initial scan after the match revealed just one fracture.

And reports suggesting that the 20-year-old would definitely miss the World Cup have been played down by United.

A statement said: "Despite stories in the press we believe Wayne is still six weeks away from full training."

Eriksson added: "I will probably name him on Monday. It will be 26 or maybe 27 players.

"I will not rule him out until the doctors tell me there is no chance. No-one wants that to happen, everyone hopes he can take part in the World Cup at some stage."

Eriksson confirmed that Rooney would remain at his club to receive treatment for the duration of his recovery.

"I will be updated on Thursday because our doctor goes to Manchester to see [club doctor] Mike Stone."


WATCH AND LISTEN
Interview: England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson


Interview: England's Frank Lampard



VOTE RESULTS
Should England still gamble by taking an unfit Wayne Rooney to the World Cup?
Yes
49%
No
51%
87578 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Vote now closed


SEE ALSO
Life without Rooney
03 May 06 |  England
England plot Rooney back-up plan
03 May 06 |  England
Pitches blamed for Rooney injury
02 May 06 |  Internationals
June deadline for injured Rooney
02 May 06 |  England


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

ALSO IN THIS SECTION


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other Sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport