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United sends Rooney on warm weather break

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 10:24 am •  Published: January 10, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Struggling Manchester United will be without injured strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for Saturday's Premier League match against Swansea, though manager David Moyes says warm weather training will help Rooney recover faster.

Moyes says Rooney, who has a groin injury, left Manchester accompanied by a fitness coach and his family and hopes he will be available for the Jan. 19 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"His groin has not quite recovered yet," Moyes said. "Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea."

Rooney, who had a scan on his groin on Friday, has missed United's defeats to Swansea in the FA Cup and Sunderland in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. When healthy, he has one of United's best players in their first season under Alex Ferguson's successor.

British media reported on Friday that Rooney is again coveted by Chelsea after the Blues had two bids for the striker rejected last summer. Asked about Rooney, who is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Old Trafford, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment.

"I don't want to speak about it," Mourinho said. "We play Man United in a few days. I don't think it's nice to speak about a Man United player."

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