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Nov 16, 2012

Rooney doubtful for Norwich clash

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney is a doubt for Manchester United's game at Norwich but said he expects Robin van Persie to be available.

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Rooney missed England's 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden this week with an ankle injury, while Van Persie did not take part in Netherlands' 0-0 draw with Germany due to a thigh strain.

Ferguson, who iterated his intention to start Javier Hernandez at Carrow Road after his match-winning performance at Aston Villa last week, has indicated that only the Dutchman has made a recovery.

"There is a doubt about Wayne, but Robin should be fit," he said on Friday morning.

Jonny Evans is also battling to recover in time for the game, with Ferguson adding: "We'll see what they are like today but there is a doubt."

However, Chris Smalling is available again, and Ferguson was able to report positive news on Phil Jones, who has not played since sustaining a knee injury ahead of the current campaign.

"Phil Jones has been training all week," he said. "We will take him to Turkey [to play Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday] with us. He'll get part of it there, which is a good start for him."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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