Wayne Rooney has admitted he is “gutted” to miss Manchester United’s tour of the Far East and Australia – but at least he should be fit for the new season. Incredibly less than 16 hours after his arrival in Thailand, Rooney was on his way home again after scans revealed he had torn his hamstring. United immediately took the decision to send the 27-year-old back to the UK – even though he had only landed that morning. It means Rooney will miss visits to Australia – including a planned trip to State of Origin, Japan and Hong Kong – in addition to United’s tour opener against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on Saturday. Press Association “Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about,” said Rooney on his Facebook page as he headed for the airport. If Rooney is ruled out for a month it would mean he could feature in the Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley on August 11. The incident came just a day after manager David Moyes revealed United staff had told him Rooney had returned for pre-season training in his best shape for years. It is bound to trigger conspiracy theories given it comes against the backdrop of uncertainty over his United future. Moyes repeated again yesterday that Rooney is not for sale and that the 27-year-old would not be going anywhere. However, there has still been no word from the player about his intentions. Chelsea are said to be interested in purchasing Rooney and ironically, Jose Mourinho and his players are also due in Bangkok later on Friday as they continue preparations for the new campaign. Arsenal have also been linked with the forward, as have Paris St Germain. With Robin van Persie not due to link up with his team-mates until the get to Australia on Sunday, Shinji Kagawa resting for an additional week after the Confederations Cup and Javier Hernandez not involved in the tour at all, it leaves Moyes with only Danny Welbeck as an orthodox striker ahead of Saturday’s game. It completed a difficult 24 hours for the new United boss, who is facing up to the probability that one of his major transfer targets, Thiago Alcantara, has snubbed a switch to Old Trafford in favour of linking up with former boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. “Yes,” Guardiola told reporters in Munich earlier, when asked if he was interested in Thiago “I don’t know what’s going to happen. We have to wait. But I know him very well. He is a super, super player.”
D’Angelo Russell is surprised he ended up with the Warriors.The 23-year-old guard had been linked to the Timberwolves, Suns and Lakers, amongst others, this offseason but was acquired by Golden State in a sign-and-trade after the Nets landed Kevin Durant. Russell discussed the deal when he met with reporters during his introductory press conference Monday. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies explore Andre Iguodala market; Rockets, Mavs interested NBA trade news: Warriors send Damian Jones to Hawks for Omari Spellman NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Warriors among 12 teams attending workout for Amar’e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis “I think it’s something that, you have guys that can shoot, dribble and play make for others. That’s a dangerous combo,” Russell said. “A guy like (Curry), who gets hot anytime throughout the game, it’s something that gives you an advantage throughout the game. To add another guy that can possibly do that, consistently, I think that’s just an extra piece.”D’Angelo Russell on his backcourt partnership with Steph Curry and the idea of a 3-guard lineup with Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/smNNQwgopZ— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 9, 2019Russell had a career year for the Nets last season, averaging 21.1 points and seven assists while shooting 36.9% from 3-point range. He made his first All-Star team, as well.Russell inked a four-year max contract, but many have speculated the Warriors may look to move him for another asset once Thompson returns healthy. “It was a lot of surprises, just all around, throughout free agency,” Russell said, via The Athletic. “So, I think it’s just one to add to it. I knew it was an opportunity, I knew it was something that could possibly be true. We had to wait until a few other pieces did what they did.”Russell is expected to slot into the Warriors backcourt next to star Stephen Curry next season as Klay Thompson continues to recover from the torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. Related News “That’s the business of it. It is what it is,” Russell said. “You put yourself in position to go somewhere for a long period of time and it may not be what it is a year later. That’s the business. I’ve come to the realization of that, I understand that. Whatever situation I’m in, I know the business side of it. We’ll just see. I can’t predict it.” D’Angelo Russell understands his partnership with the Warriors may or may not last long term: “You put yourself in a position to go somewhere a long time and it might not be what it is a year later.” pic.twitter.com/ITdbIA99y7— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 9, 2019The Warriors traded Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies in order to create salary cap space to add Russell.