Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has suffered knee ligament damage and is facing a spell of up to two months on the sidelines, according to James Ducker of The Times.

Eyebrows were raised with Louis van Gaal’s omission of Rooney from his travelling squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland – but now we know why the England international wasn’t present as the team flew to Denmark.

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It has not been revealed when or how Rooney picked the injury up but Roy Hodgson and the FA have been informed of the striker’s situation – with the 2016 European Championships this summer fast appraoching. Rooney is England’s record goalscorer and the captain of the national side so Hodgson will be hopeful the injury isn’t as serious as it currently appears.

Louis van Gaal of course will have his own concerns, with United sitting six points adrift of Manchester City, who occupy fourth place in the Premier League. United are still battling on three fronts, with an FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury on Monday to follow the Europa League first leg match in Denmark.