David Moyes wants Wayne Rooney to use his enforced break from
football as an opportunity to build up his overall fitness.
The 17-year-old star looks set to be out of action for the first
few games of the new season after damaging ankle ligaments during
Saturday's 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox.
But the Blues boss, who has now admitted he could possibly
return earlier than expected, hopes any absence will give his young
player the time he feels is needed to add to the fitness work he
has already completed this season.
"The injury will help him work on his general fitness for a
couple of weeks - and give him a little bit more of a break from
football which he needed after the amount of matches he played last
year," said Moyes.
"There is an outside chance he will be fit for the start of
the season and to be honest I would rather he was here training
with us, but the medical staff we have will ensure that he works
hard, and hopefully it will do him good.
"He will do lots of cycling and swimming until he can bear
weight on his ankle again, but he has done all the pre-season work
and got that behind him so he is already in good shape.
"I always felt he would take a little bit longer than the
other lads because of his inexperience."