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Wayne Rooney leaves England squad with knee injury

Manchester United's captain may be a doubt for Saturday's game against Arsenal.

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Manchester United's captain Wayne Rooney has withdrawn from the England squad with a knee injury, the Football Association have announced. The injury is described as "minor", and "further assessment" is to take place back at Old Trafford.

Rooney might not have played against Spain in any case, but this presumably makes him a doubt for Saturday's lunchtime clash against Arsenal. Which, when taken in combination with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's suspension, means that Jose Mourinho has an interesting little problem ahead of the game.

The problem of who plays striker is fairly simply resolved: either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial, probably the former, will move forward. It's what comes behind him that's going to be interesting. With both Ibrahimovic and Rooney absent, that's a lot of missing experience. And we know that Mourinho likes his experience.

So, do United risk going into one of the biggest games of the season with Wise Old Man Juan Mata, 28, as the figurehead? Or will we, as tBB is starting to suspect, see Michael Carrick installed in midfield? Decisions, decisions ...