Wayne Rooney will miss the start of the season for both Everton
and England after damaging ligaments in his right ankle.
The Blues star was stretchered off the Ibrox pitch during
Saturday's 3-2 win over Glasgow Rangers after falling awkwardly
in the 36th minute.
It was immediately feared that he may have sustained some sort
of fracture but an X-Ray in Liverpool late last night showed that
there was no break.
Rooney then underwent a scan on Sunday morning before visiting a
specialist who confirmed that the youngster had ankle ligament
Everton's Head Physio Mick Rathbone explained to
evertonfc.com: "Wayne had an X-Ray in Liverpoool on Saturday
night and fortunately there was no obvious break.
"He has been for an MRI scan this morning and visited a
consultant who reviewed the information and confirmed the diagnosis
as damaged ankle ligaments.
"He will return to see the specialist in 12 days time and
we anticipate that he will be out for around four weeks."
Rooney will now remain at Bellefield where he will begin an
intensive rehabilitation campaign whilst the rest of his team-mates
continue their pre-season preparations in Scotland.
The injury means he will almost certainly miss out on
Everton's opening day visit to Arsenal, the home game against
Fulham and England's friendly with Croatia.