Wayne Rooney scored in consecutive Premier League games for first time since November 2014

By Dominic Toner

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney picked up a knee injury after slipping on a bottle, according to a report.

The Times report that the 31-year-old banged his knee after tripping over an energy drink bottle in the England dressing room last Friday, which meant he was sent back to his club and missed the 2-2 friendly draw against Spain.

It is reported that Rooney was “not blamed for the accident and his conduct in the dressing room is not open to question”.

Rooney has been in the spotlight recently after he was pictured heavily drinking on the Saturday night, which took place just a day after picking up his knee injury.

The nation’s captain was due to report to training on Sunday, with the extent of his injury not known at the time.

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The Times claim “(Gareth) Southgate’s decision to send Rooney back to United on Monday is not believed to have been for disciplinary reasons given that the FA was not aware of his antics at the time”.

The forward has issued an apology for his behaviour since and will hope to turn his attention back to football on Saturday.

Despite the embarrassing injury sustained on international duty, United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Rooney is fit and he could now lead the attack in place of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 3-1 win against Swansea.

The Red Devils are under pressure to stay in touching distance of the top four after suffering four league games without a win in October, which saw them lose ground on their rivals.

United are currently sixth-placed in the table and are eight points behind league leaders Liverpool, with Saturday’s opponents Arsenal six points above them in fourth.

Rooney provided two assists in the last game against Swansea but will want to try score his first league goal since the opening day of the season against Bournemouth.

Mourinho has often deployed Rooney out wide and in a number 10 role this campaign, meaning he has managed just two goals in 15 appearances this season across all competitions.

The attacker has scored a remarkable 249 club goals during his time at Old Trafford in 540 appearances.

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