Wayne Rooney says he could return to training within a week and feels he will need to prove himself for club and country once fit.
The Manchester United skipper has been out since mid-February with knee ligament damage and at one time there were fears he could miss the remainder of the season due to the injury.
However, Rooney is confident of being match fit by mid-April as he looks to step up his rehabilitation before returning to first-team training with the rest of the Red Devils squad.
Â“I think if everything goes to plan, I am back outside running now, then I will hope to be back in full training within the next week or 10 days,” Rooney told ITV.
Once fit again, Rooney is expected to walk back into the United and England teams, despite others having impressed in his absence.
Marcus Rashford has burst onto the scene at Old Trafford while Rooney has been sidelined, netting three times in five appearances, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy have proven their England credentials during the recent international break.
Rooney says he expects to have to work hard to win his place back in both teams and claims the competition for starting berths will prove beneficial as he works his way back to fitness.
“As I’ve said throughout my career with Manchester United and England, I never take my place for granted,” he added.
“Obviously you want to play, and it is great that that competition is now there. With the quality we have got, it is exciting to be a part of.
“I can’t wait to get back fit and back out there with the lads. Certainly it is something I enjoy doing and I want to keep doing. I want to keep going and get ready.”