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Rooney hurts ankle in DC United friendly but hopeful of quick return

Wayne Rooney was substituted after suffering an ankle injury in DC United's first preseason friendly this weekend but is optimistic that he can make a swift return to action.

Former Manchester United and England star Rooney picked up the injury in the early stages of his side's match against Bethlehem Steel.

The 33-year-old received treatment on the sidelines and, despite returning to the pitch for a short while, was taken off after 18 minutes.

Rooney's ankle was treated with an ice pack before being bandaged, but he said was confident he would soon be playing again.

"I've got a few of them before," he said. "It took longer than I thought to ease down, so no point in taking any chances. I'm not too concerned."

Coach Ben Olsen added: "He's a tough guy -- he'll be fine. It's a bruise. It wasn't a twist or anything. It will be a day or two, then he'll be OK."

Rooney could play a part in his side's next friendly, against FC Cincinnati in Florida on Thursday as preparations continue for the first MLS game of the season at home to Atlanta on March 3.

He scored 12 goals in 21 matches for the club last season, setting up six others.

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