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Rooney out for another fortnight

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for another two weeks after failing to recover from his injury.

Rooney sustained minor knee damage in training on Christmas Day and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson initially expected the striker to be back in a fortnight.

However, it now seems he will be missing for longer - and will sit out next week's clash with Liverpool.

"Wayne is still injured," said Ferguson.

"It is not serious but it is going to take longer than we thought, probably another two weeks. He won't be fit for Liverpool."

Rooney was expected to have been back in training by now and Ferguson cannot exactly work out why it has not happened.

"He got a little kick behind his knee and he is still feeling it,'' said

Ferguson.

"Hopefully another couple of weeks will sort it out.

"Nonetheless, it is a loss. You always want your best players available.''

There was some good news, though, with Ferguson revealing winger Nani, who has been absent for two months with a hamstring problem, will take a major step forward in his recovery.

"He starts training today,'' he said.

Ferguson also explained the reason behind Darren Fletcher's recent absence.

After battling back from a chronic bowel condition, Fletcher played four times

in a fortnight at the end of last month.

However, the midfielder's only appearance since came as a last-minute

substitute in the Boxing Day win over Newcastle.

"The grounds have been really heavy, which has not suited Darren,'' said

Ferguson.

"The pitch at Old Trafford seems to have collapsed in the last two weeks.

"We have had six great years out of it. They have done a fantastic job but we

are going to have to change it during the summer.''