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Neville: United are being 'fair' over Rooney injury

Gary Neville has rubbished suggestions Manchester United do not want Wayne Rooney to be fit for the World Cup.

Rooney, 20, is continuing to recuperate at Old Trafford from the broken metatarsal suffered in the Premiership clash against Chelsea last month.

A scan on Thursday will give England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson a better idea of how much impact Rooney will be able to make in Germany.

Neville is adamant United will pull out all of the stops to give Rooney the best possible chance of linking up with his team-mates next month.

He said: 'If he's fit and he's ready to play for England, that will be fantastic - fantastic for for England and Manchester United.

'It's great for everybody if he's fit and ready to go. On the other hand, if he's not fit, I know United won't let him come away and rightly so. If he is fit, they will. They're a fair club.

'There have been some suggestion that United don't want him fit for England, and speaking from being an experienced player at United, I can say that's absolute rubbish.

'He is one of their players and they look after their players but they know Wayne's ambitions as a player and that he wants to play in the World Cup.

'He's in the best hands at United, in the best environment because he's there with no players or media around him, and it will be quiet.

'Wayne will be alone with the physio looking after himself and making sure he gives himself the best possible chance.'

Neville, who also broke a metatarsal earlier in his career, warned Rooney will need time to fully recover from such a setback.

He said: 'Obviously it would be of huge benefit to us to have Wayne coming back - but he's got to get himself fit from a broken foot.

'People shouldn't underestimate what he has done. He has got a broken bone in his body and it's got to heal. He's not broken a fingernail. He's broken a bone.

'He's got a similar injury to what David Beckham had prior to the 2002 World Cup which heals a lot quicker than the injury I had so he's been fortunate in that respect.'