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by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Striker Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's pre-season tour of the Far East after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Rooney sustained the injury during the team's first training session after they landed in Bangkok. He is set to be out of contention for a month.
"Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury sustained in training, it has been decided that Wayne Rooney should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation," the team said in a press statement.
"It is anticipated he will be unavailable for selection for a month," the statement added.
United will play Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield on August 11 before beginning the defense of their Premier League trophy at Swansea City on August 17.
Earlier, new United boss David Moyes stressed again this week that Rooney was not for sale and that the forward was in good shape ahead of the new campaign.
"I will say he is training great," Moyes said. "They are telling me it is the best shape they have seen him in for a long time. From that point of view I am taking it as a positive and I am going to try and get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can."
New Man U boss David Moyes: Wayne Rooney not for sale
New Manchester United David Moyes reiterated that striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale, saying he's looking forward to teaming up with him next season.
"Wayne is not for sale," Moyes said in his first press conference as United boss. "He is a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player."
"I see a glint in his eye. He looks happy, he looks like he will knuckle down and get himself right," added Moyes, who recently replaced legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.
Moyes expects Rooney to be back in top form as Manchester United defends its Premier League title next season.
"I've been fortunate, I've known Wayne since he was 16. I've had several meetings with Wayne. He's training brilliantly well, he's come back in good shape and I'm really looking forward to working with him," he added.
Meanwhile, Moyes refused to discuss comments by Ferguson that Rooney had requested to leave Old Trafford.
"I do not know what those two gentlemen said - Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney. That conversation was private and as far as I am concerned. We are working together now," Moyes said.
Recently, the 50-year-old Moyes signed a six-year deal to replace Ferguson, who retired after 26 years at the helm.
Moyes has big shoes to fill as Ferguson led Manchester United to more than 30 trophies, including 13 Premier League championships.
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