Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney is “not even close” to a first-team return.
Rooney has been missing since mid-February with a knee injury and the initial prognosis suggested the striker could be sidelined for up to two months.
There have been claims of a further setback and, although Van Gaal didn’t comment specifically on those reports, the United manager concedes he is unsure as to when Rooney will be able to make a return.
“Wayne still has weeks to go. He is not even close. I cannot say how many weeks, as you never know,” he told reporters.
“It is a conservative healing what we are doing with the brace, not an operation or something like that.”
England manager Roy Hodgson has stated he will include Rooney in his Euro 2016 party if fit, and the forward will be eager to prove his fitness to ensure he travels to France with the Three Lions and to help United in their bid for a top-four finish.
However, with the season set to end on May 15 the 30-year-old could face a race against time to make a United return before the campaign comes to a close.