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Rooney set for United return

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has resumed training following an ankle injury and will be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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Rooney, whose place in the team could be under threat due to the impressive form of stand-in striker Javier Hernandez, has missed two games since injuring his ankle against West Brom on New Year's Day.

However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney is in contention for the trip to White Hart Lane. "He is training and he should be fit for Sunday,'' said Ferguson.

Skipper Nemanja Vidic is also expected to be fit after sitting out last Sunday's FA Cup triumph over Liverpool, whilst veteran keeper Edwin van der Sar is a "possible'' according to Ferguson after missing three games with a virus.

Ferguson is aware of the threat carried by Spurs and has heaped praise on his counterpart, Harry Redknapp.

"Obviously the development of Tottenham has been interesting," he said. "I have never taken United to the Lane with them challenging for the League. I may be wrong, but I can't remember that in my time at United. That is the change in the fortunes of Tottenham under Harry and they have some exciting players."

Meanwhile, the United boss confirmed no talks had taken place with Ryan Giggs over another contract extension for next season. However, given the Scot's assessment of Giggs' performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford, it seems certain the winger will be granted another 12 months.

"Ryan is an incredible human being,'' said Ferguson. "He defies the logic of forwards when he plays at the level he did last Sunday.

"Obviously we know how to manage him. He doesn't play every week but he makes a contribution that lifts the team. He did that in the second half last week. He was outstanding.

"His fitness was fantastic. He kept going for the whole 90 minutes. He has been doing that for two decades. No other player has ever done that - or is ever likely to. He is quite an amazing man.''

That will be welcome news for the 37-year-old, who, having ruled out an international comeback, is keen to extend his club career for as long as possible.

"I am feeling good and as long as I am feeling good and still enjoying it, I will carry on playing,'' he told the Manchester Evening News. "As long as the club wants me as well, I will.''


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