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Published: 09:17 | 15/3/16

Rooney on target for April return

Wayne Rooney remains on target to make his return in April but is wary about rushing his comeback.

Rooney has missed Manchester United's last eight games as a result of the knee ligament damage in Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland last month.

He will play no part in England's upcoming international friendlies but he is pleased with how his recovery is progressing and is hopeful he will be ready in early April.

However, the United captain is reluctant to set a possible comeback, for fear of doing further damage to his knee.

"Everything is going as planned," he told the club's official website. "Rehab is going well but, hopefully, it won't be too long.

"I don't know [when I will return]. Obviously, I will miss the international games but, hopefully, it won't be too long. It's not too bad but obviously it's [a case of] just being a bit cautious. It's difficult to push back. If I tried to push it to be involved now, it could cause more damage. So, being cautious, after the international break is more realistic.

"I am hoping that, if I am back when I am expected to be back, depending on the two cups we are in, then there could be over 10 games left plus the England games.

"I was saying before it has been eight games that I have missed. I didn't realise it was that many so it's obviously really frustrating. Myself, the manager and the doctor felt it was best for me to get a bit of rest and that is why I went away. That will do me good in the coming weeks."

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