Wayne Rooney has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and could be sidelined for a further month, according to reports.
The United and England skipper was scheduled to make his return on April 3 – against his former club Everton – but his injured right knee has not responded to treatment as United would have liked, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 30-year-old could now be forced to delay his return until May – the final month of the season – when United will have just three Premier League fixtures remaining.
Rooney, who has had his knee brace removed, has been missing since suffering the injury in the defeat at Sunderland on February 13.
There is no desire from the club to rush him back too soon and risk him breaking down and potentially suffering a more significant lay-off, but the forward will miss England’s games with Holland and Germany later in March and will have to wait and see whether he plays again this season.