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Wayne Rooney has said he is "gutted" to have left Manchester United's pre-season tour after the striker was forced to head home with a hamstring problem.

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Rooney picked up the injury in training on Thursday and a statement from the Premier League club said the 27-year-old "should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation".

Writing on his Facebook page, Rooney said: "Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about."

United manager David Moyes said the club "won't take any chances" with the forward's fitness, and he will undergo tests back in Manchester.

"It's disappointing," Moyes told MUTV. "The day we left [Manchester for the tour] he just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training and we thought there would be no problem. But after the long flight we decided we'd get him tested and scanned and have a look at things and there is just a small grade one injury there.

"He didn't train yesterday and we thought it would be worth just seeing what it was and there was a very slight mark on his hamstring. We won't take any chances - there is no point in taking him any further round the world so we've sent him back and he'll get treatment at the Aon Training Complex."

The news, however, has been jumped upon by Friday's papers and the conspiracy theorists as the England international's future at Old Trafford still hangs in the balance.

The Sun has questioned whether Rooney really is injured, while the Daily Mail says the decision to send him home "casts fresh doubt over his future". The Daily Star goes as far as claiming the player "still wants out" and he "has his heart set on joining Chelsea".

Rooney is expected to be out for a month and could miss the Community Shield at Wembley, where United take on FA Cup winners Wigan on August 11.

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