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Wayne Rooney omitted from Manchester United's Europa League squad

United's captain is still crocked and hasn't travelled to Belgium.

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Wayne Rooney is, increasingly, a footballer in theory only. He played on April 1st; before that, he played on March 4th; before that, February 1st. And he won't be playing tomorrow, as Manchester United have travelled to Belgium without him.

He's injured, you see. Sort of. He has a bad feeling with his ankle.

Weird how quickly the debate has shifted, isn't it? From 'what's his best position?' to 'should he start?', then from that to 'should he even be on the bench?' And now a vague, niggling injury that doesn't seem to clear up. The clock's a-ticking.

Anyway, United's options without him are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. So that's fine.

In other injury news, David de Gea has travelled after missing the weekend's game against Sunderland but will probably only make the bench. Antonio Valencia is back, baby. But Ashley Young, though he's back in training, hasn't travelled.