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May 9, 2014

Rooney, Jones passed fit for World Cup

Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are set to be fit for the World Cup after Ryan Giggs revealed their injuries are not as severe as Manchester United initially feared.

Interim manager Giggs said the pair will miss the final game of United's season, at Southampton on Sunday, but is confident both will be able to take their places in Roy Hodgson's party to travel to Brazil.

The versatile Jones was taken to hospital with his arm in a sling after being hurt in a clash with Hull's Maynor Figueroa on Tuesday, prompting fears he would be ruled out of the tournament.

But Giggs said in a news conference: "Phil's injury isn't as bad as I thought on the night. He is obviously out for Sunday but he should be alright for the World Cup."

Top scorer Rooney has missed United's two games with a groin injury and a stomach bug but Giggs said he is on the road to recovery.

He added: "Wayne has just started training over the last couple of days but Sunday's a little bit too quick so he will obviously train and be fine for the World Cup also."

Teenage striker James Wilson deputised for Rooney and scored twice on his United debut in the 3-1 win over Hull and Giggs has to decide whether to select the 18-year-old again at St Mary's.

"James picked up a little bit of a knock but he should be okay," he added. "But we also we have Wednesday to think of as well, the under 21s final."

Robin van Persie, who has made two substitute appearances after missing eight games with a knee injury, could make his first start since March.

"Robin looked good the other day," Giggs said. "I have plenty of options [in attack]: Danny [Welbeck], Chicha [Javier Hernandez] and Juan [Mata] and Shinji [Kagawa] off the front."

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