London: Manchester United manager David Moyes has ruled out striker Wayne Rooney for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Swansea.
Rooney has been struggling with a groin problem in recent times and was pictured leaving a private hospital on Friday after having further scans to reveal the extent of the injury.
And with the FA Cup clash quickly followed by the Capital One Cup match against Sunderland, Moyes confirmed his team will be without the England international for the visit of Swansea.
“He’s got a groin injury and won’t be available on Sunday,” Moyes told reporters.
“He’s got a chance of facing Sunderland.” Rooney is the latest name to be added to the Old Trafford injury list alongside Ashley Young, Robin van Persie, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Nani.
However, Moyes said the club’s casualty ward would not force him into a rush of January transfers.
“It won’t change how we go about things,” said Moyes. “January is not an easy month to purchase in. We have a good, big squad that is getting stretched at the moment because of the number of games. But everybody picks up injuries at this time of year. We are no different and we will use the players.”
However, if Moyes was to try to lure a number of new players to Old Trafford, he would not be off put buying a target that was ineligible in the Champions League.
“It’s not the biggest thing because obviously you’ve got other games to play — FA Cup ties, League Cup ties hopefully, Premier League games,” said Moyes.
“But I do think you’d like them to be ready to play in the Champions League as well.”
Young, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was sent tumbling as United pushed for an equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-2 Premier League home defeat by Spurs — a rash challenge that manager Moyes and his opposite number Tim Sherwood both thought should have resulted in a penalty.
Moyes must now cope without the England international, who injured his shoulder when falling awkwardly.
“We’ve got a few injuries and one is (from) the challenge the ’keeper made on Ashley Young,” Moyes told a news conference.
“It’s a shoulder injury and we’re not sure exactly how long he’s going to be out yet.
“We’ve got some other injuries as well that we’ll just need to look at and see how they are over the next few days.”
United’s third-round tie is followed 48 hours later by a League Cup semi-final, first leg away to Sunderland.
“It’s the same for both the clubs – United and Sunderland – so there can’t be many complaints but I don’t think it’s right to be asking footballers to play on Sunday and then Tuesday,” Moyes said, with Sunderland hosting Carlisle United in the FA Cup.
“They did it over Christmas and I totally understand that and the reasons why. But it’s a bit harder to accept at such short notice here,” he added. Despite their hectic fixture list and the fact that United face a battle to climb into the top four in the league, Moyes said the FA Cup remained a priority, especially with the club having not won the competition since 2004.
“The Cup is important to me, it always has been,” Moyes said. “If you’re a club like United you want to be involved in all the trophy-winning opportunities, and to not win the FA Cup for 10 years is something that’s a bit of a surprise.”
Sunday's match between Liverpool and Oldham is the third meeting between the pair in three seasons thanks to the FA Cup, with Oldham pulling off a major upset last time out.
Liverpool seem far more assured this season. Despite a difficult festive period where they dropped from first to fifth and back into the top four following victory against Hull on New Year's Day, Brendan Rodgers will not be hoping for a repeat of last year's result with Liverpool clear favourites to progress to the next round and attempt to win the competition for the first time since 2006.
Whilst things are going well for the Merseyside club in the league, things are not going well for Oldham who sit 19 in League One level on points with Crewe who occupy the final relegation spot.
Lee Johnson's side are on a run of no league wins in six - three draws and three losses. However, the Oldham did overcome League Two outfit Mansfield 4-1 in a second round replay midway through December to set up this weekend's tie and offer a welcome distraction from the league.