Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester United training

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The club captain is closing in on a return to fitness as the Red Devils return to Europa League action ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup final

Wayne Rooney has returned to training ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

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The United captain has been out with what manager Jose Mourinho described as “a small muscular injury”, missing the last-32 first leg against the Ligue 1 side as well as an FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers.

Mourinho had suggested Rooney would not be available to face Saint-Etienne as he had not trained with the first team, while he remains a doubt for the EFL Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.

But the England international was back in training on Tuesday, working with nine others – including Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – away from the main group.

United lead Saint-Etienne 3-0 after the first leg at Old Trafford, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick.


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