Updated: Thursday, 19 December 2013 03:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Moyes reveals Rooney injury

Wayne Rooney was unavailable to play in Manchester United's League Cup quarter-final at Stoke City on Wednesday due to an unspecified injury, manager David Moyes revealed.

Moyes reveals Rooney injury

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney applauds as he leaves the field after the UEFA Champions League football match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford in Manchester, on December 10, 2013

Rooney played for 84 minutes in United's 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, but he was left out of the squad for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, with Danny Welbeck leading the line as a lone striker.

"Wayne Rooney is injured," Moyes told Sky Sports prior to kick-off.

Asked if the England striker would be fit in time for United's busy schedule of matches over Christmas, he replied: "We hope so."

Moyes is also currently without last season's top scorer Robin van Persie, who has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury.

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