Arsenal Boost For Blues?

by Mark Rowan

David Moyes is still refusing to rule out Wayne Rooney and Richard Wright for the opening day clash with Arsenal on August 16.

Wright appears to have the better chance of appearing at Highbury, but the Blues Boss has hinted that Rooney could be a possibility too.

The 17-year-old was taken off on a stretcher at Ibrox 10 days ago after damaging ligaments in his ankle.

Scans later revealed that Rooney would be out for a maximum of four weeks, making him 'touch and go' for the beginning of the new campaign.

However, the teenage star is making good progress, although Moyes insists that he won't be rushed back into action.

"Wayne still has an outside chance, but we certainly won't be taking any unnecessary risks with him," he said.

"I'd rather give him a week longer than push him, but he is coming on and he is straining at the leash now to get involved again, which is a good thing."

Meanwhile, Wright visits a specialist on Friday to see whether his shoulder injury has healed sufficiently.

Providing that the findings are satisfactory, he is expected to play some part in the reserves' clash with Welsh side TNS on the same evening.

Moyes is hoping that the England international will be back to face his former club on Saturday week, even though Paul Gerrard and Steve Simonsen have shared the gloves throughout the entire pre-season build-up.

The manager said: "Richard will see a specialist on Friday and if he is given the all clear we will try and get him playing as soon as we can.

"But I would have hoped one of the other two goalkeepers would have let me say 'you deserve to take the jersey'.

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