England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could make his comeback against West Ham United after months of being sidelined with injury.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal had said that Rooney, 30, could play in the FA Cup fixture against the Hammers should he proves his fitness.
Making an appearance in a U-21 game recently, Rooney had a quiet match since missing 12 games due to a knee injury in a Premier League defeat against Sunderland on Feburary.
Manchester United is now fifth in the Premier League, and will travel to Upton Park for a quarter-final replay which has been described by Rooney’s fellow palyer Michael Carrick as “make or break.”
It was, indeed, Manchester United’s last opportunity for silverware this season.
Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Billic who declared that Rooney was “the best England player of his era,” hopes that the Scouse does not make his comeback during the match.
“I would rather him not play, put it that way. 100 percent, 70 percent fit, I would rather him watch the game.”
“Now because they lost 3-0 (to Tottenham last weekend) we really don’t know who’s going to play, is it going to be Rooney from the start, is it going to be (Marouane) Fellaini, is it going to be (Ander) Herrera? Is he going to change a lot or stick to the team?”
“We don’t know. So it makes it harder for us. But we aren’t going to change the team because of them”
West Ham sit just a point and a place behind United in the Premier League table, and still have to face Van Gaal’s side in what is scheduled to be the last-ever competitive fixture at Upton Park when they meet in the league next month.