David Moyes is still refusing to rule out Wayne Rooney and
Richard Wright for the opening day clash with Arsenal on August
Wright appears to have the better chance of appearing at
Highbury, but the Blues Boss has hinted that Rooney could be a
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
"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
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'.