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By ESPN Staff
Apr 30, 2008

Rooney on course for weekend comeback

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney could come into contention against West Ham on Saturday at Old Trafford.

The England striker sat out the Champions League victory over Barcelona last night, which saw the club secure a place in the final, because of a hip injury.

Ferguson will monitor Rooney's fitness over the next few days and said: 'He may have a chance for Saturday. We just cancelled him out yesterday, he was in a lot of pain.

'It was his hip joint, he was never close to playing. It was out of the question.

'He will be a lot better in a few days and involved on Saturday somewhere along the line.'

Patrice Evra is expected to recover from a knock but Nemanja Vidic remains doubtful with a facial injury.

The Serbian, like Rooney, missed the game against Barcelona after being hurt in a collision with Didier Drogba in the defeat by Chelsea at the weekend.

Ferguson said: 'Vidic is under the control of the doctor. He got a bit of concussion, so we have to be careful of that. He may have a chance for Saturday.'

United, in sight of a glorious league and Champions League double, are aiming to keep up the pressure on Chelsea on Saturday as their rivals do not face Newcastle until Monday.