Saturday, 19 June 2010
Is Rooney injured?
The whole team were dreadful last night, but the worst of a terrible bunch was probably Wayne Rooney. Now that needs some explaining. The guy has been brilliant all season until that injury against Bayern. Has he been carrying that injury ever since? Does that explain why he is a pale shadow of the Rooney we know?
But if he is injured, why did Capello play him in all those meaningless warm up games? As long ago as the Egypt match I was calling for him to be rested. But Capello picked him and risked him and put still more miles on Rooney's clock. Why did he play against Mexico? Why did he start against Japan? Why did he play against the South African club side? Madness, even if he was fully fit, as I kept saying. But if there was an injury too? Or has Rooney tried to cover it up, fearing that Ferguson would pull him from the squad if it became public knowledge?
Ferguson undoubtedly rushed him back too early out of desperate need. I fear that the injury is deep seated and is restricting Rooney, taking away that vital half a yard of pace and perhaps registering pain as he tries to do what usually comes naturally to him. He looks physically exhausted to me. And Capello's problem is that he hasn't dared to consider an alternative. All those opportunities wasted to try a permutation without Rooney. If he is only 80% fit, where does Capello turn to now?
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:08