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Dec 18, 2013

Moyes hopeful despite Rooney injury

Manchester United manager David Moyes was pleased to reach the semi-finals of the English League Cup following a 2-0 win away to Stoke City on Wednesday that was briefly halted due to a hailstorm.

Wayne Rooney could make a rapid return to the Manchester United team against West Ham on Saturday after missing their Capital One Cup victory over Stoke.

Manchester United manager David Moyes gives instructions to Wayne Rooney from the touchline.
Wayne Rooney is expected back in action before the end of December.

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The striker sat out the 2-0 win with a groin strain but manager David Moyes confirmed it is not a serious problem and he could be fit to face Sam Allardyce's side. He said: "He has got a chance, yes."

United are already without Moyes' other first-choice forward, Robin van Persie, who is out for a month with a thigh problem.

Ashley Young and Patrice Evra scored second-half goals at the Britannia Stadium for United, who will now meet Sunderland in the last four.

Gus Poyet’s side beat Chelsea 2-1 on Tuesday and Moyes is adamant United will not be complacent when they face the team who prop up the Premier League.

He added: "You saw what Sunderland did: they had a really good result against Chelsea, we are going to have play well over the two legs to get to the final."

The game at the Britannia Stadium was notable for a 10-minute hold-up in the first half when referee Mark Clattenburg took the players off the pitch as hail stopped play.

Moyes said: "I have been involved in games that have been abandoned for snow but I don’t think I have ever been in a situation where we have had to come off. But I thought the referee made the right decision. He claimed he couldn’t see through the hailstones."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes agreed, saying: "From the referee’s point of view, you have to accept it. He was saying he couldn’t see. If you can’t see you can’t make decisions. I’ve not been involved  in a game where you have had to come off and go back on."

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