First published: 4th December, 2015, 12:02 PM
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s clash against West Ham on Saturday with a “nasty” ankle injury.
Louis van Gaal has revealed that his skipper will miss his second of United’s last three Premier League matches after illness forced him out of the 2-1 win at Watford a fortnight ago.
Marcos Rojo is also absent against Slaven Bilic’s team with a shoulder injury sustained in training that is expected to keep the defender out for a month, while Ander Herrera and Phil Jones remain sidelined.
Rooney’s absence is a blow to Van Gaal even though the United skipper has been well below his best for most of this season.
Speaking about Rooney’s ankle to MUTV on Friday afternoon, the Dutchman said: “It’s more heavy than we thought and a nasty injury. When we go on it’s been getting worse. We have to let him train to make the ankle stronger, that’s very important.
“I cannot say [how long he’ll be out] because the doctor shall decide that with Wayne of course. He is training well in the rehabilitation.”
However, there is some more welcome news for United with the return of wide man Jesse Lingard after he missed the 1-1 draw at Leicester last Saturday.
The Premier League giants host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.