United players fit for World Cup, will miss Southampton

Laurence Griffiths

Speaking in advance of the final game of the season, Ryan Giggs has provided good news for England fans.

Interim Manchester United player-manager has ruled Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones out of United's last game of the season, away at Southampton on Sunday. However, he believes that both will be fit in time for England's World Cup campaign, which begins on June 14 against Italy.

Jones was withdrawn early against Hull City in midweek, and while initial scans ruled out a fracture, it was thought that ligament damage might affect his World Cup chances. But Giggs was optimistic about his chances:

Phil's injury isn't as bad as I thought on the night. He is obviously out for Sunday but should be okay for the World Cup.

As for Rooney, who has been suffering with a tweaked stomach and an aching groin -- or possibly the other way around -- the news is also positive for England fans. Unless they don't like Rooney. In which case, look away now:

Wayne has just started training over the last couple of days, and Sunday is probably a little bit too quick for him, but he is training and will also be fine for the World Cup.

Other selection updates for the weekend: nobody has any idea who Ryan Giggs is going to pick. It'd be nice to see a bit more of the youngsters, but Southampton away is a significantly trickier game than Hull at home. But don't bet against the manager coming on at some point. Those last-minute free-kicks aren't going to take themselves.

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