Rooney Boost For Blues

Wayne Rooney has been given the green light to step up his training schedule as he bids to regain full fitness before the start of the season.

The 17-year-old striker was stretchered off during the Blues 3-2 win at Ibrox after he landed awkwardly on his ankle.

Scans later revealed that Rooney had sustained ligament damage and would be out for a period of four weeks.

That made him a doubt for the opening day clash against Arsenal, but since then he has pleased Everton's medical team and David Moyes with the speed of his progress.

A week ago, the Blues Boss rated Rooney as having an 'outside chance' of being fit for August 16 - and signs from the specialists are equally as encouraging.

"Wayne's been given the go ahead by the specialist to do some light jogging and he's just run a couple of miles," said Everton's Head Physio Mick Rathbone.

"He felt absolutely no reaction to his injury and if he continues to feel ok, we'll step up the intensity of his training at the weekend.

"We're all delighted with the progress Wayne has made and hopefully he'll continue his recovery in a similar fashion," he concluded.

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