Manchester United's Wayne Rooney applauds supporters as he walks from the pitch after his team's 2-1 loss to Tottenham in their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. (Photo: AP)
English Premier League giants Manchester United have sent star striker Wayne Rooney out of England to a warmer climate to recover from a recurrent groin injury.
“Wayne has been sent away on a sort of hot weather break. His groin has not recovered yet,” Moyes told reporters at a news conference on Friday.
“We've sent a fitness coach with him and he is away with his family. So we've given him a bit of a break. I always hoped I would be able to do that at some point in the season, but his groin is not as good as we hoped at this point.”
British newspaper The Times have reported that the England striker will travel to Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to benefit from the warm and sunny weather.
The temperature is ranging between 13 and 25 °C in Sharm El-Sheikh during the upcoming week, according to the forecast.
Seventh-placed United, who were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by Swansea last weekend, hope to have Rooney back for the clash with Chelsea a week on Sunday, although Van Persie is further away from being fit.
“Hopefully we'll get him fit for the Chelsea game and we'll see how he is then,” Moyes said.
“Robin is going to be a little while. We'll do everything we can to get him back quickly.”
United have looked blunt without Rooney and Van Persie and Moyes goals need to start arriving from other areas.
“We've played pretty well, we just need to be a bit more clinical in the final third,” he said.
“We've not been scoring enough recently.”
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