Rooney is likely to return for Manchester United this week.
Not played for a month after suffering a severely gashed thigh against Fulham, is likely to return for Manchester United this week.
Rooney s leg was badly cut in an accidental clash with Fulham forward Hugo Rodallega at Old Trafford on Aug. 25 but he could play against Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday or against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.
"He is not far away," manager Alex Ferguson told reporters. "He s doing a lot of great training and has been working hard."
Darren Fletcher, who was out for almost 10 months with a chronic bowel complaint, made his comeback as a substitute in last week s Champions League game against Galatasaray and will again feature in the League Cup third round tie.