Rooney set to return to training by the end of this month

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney on his way back to full fitness
Rooney on his way back to full fitness

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney looks set to make a swift return to action after he returned to light training following his knee injury.

There were initial fears that Rooney would not play for United again this season and suggestions that he could even be a doubt for England's Euro 2016 campaign next summer after he strained knee ligaments following his side's shock defeat against Sunderland on February 13th.

Yet Rooney has already been given permission to walk without the knee brace he has been wearing for the past three weeks, with United hopeful that can have their skipper back quicker than expected.

The upcoming international break means United have a two week gap into their fixture list following their clash against Manchester City on March 20th, with Rooney likely to target a return against his former club Everton at Goodison Park on April 3rd.

Meanwhile, Rooney has confirmed stories that he was the subject of a mega-money move to Chinese football, as reported by last month.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan revealed he spoke to Rooney about his upcoming testimonial match, with the Chinese links also cropping up in the conversation.

“My phone rang at 11pm. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney," wrote Morgan.

“He wanted to discuss his forthcoming Manchester United testimonial plans this summer. But we also talked about reports in the papers this week that he’s been offered ridiculous sums of money to go and play in China for Shanghai, a team managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

“He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous.

"Without giving too much away, let’s just say it included eight noughts. I literally gasped in horror, prompting him to add a final killer blow. After tax!

“My guess is Rooney won’t leave United for another year or two. But one thing’s for sure, the Chinese are coming for world football and as with everything they do in business, they seem to have almost limitless sums of cash with which to dominate it.”