Rooney Out For A Month

by Mark Rowan

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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 damage.

Everton's Head Physio Mick Rathbone explained to "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.

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