Monday Kickoff: Rooney set for shock return, an MLS option for Trez and more

Monday Kickoff: Rooney set for shock return, an MLS option for Trez and more

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Monday Kickoff: Rooney set for shock return, an MLS option for Trez and more


Wayne Rooney (Reuters)

Just when you thought Wayne Rooney was injured and Manchester United's hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League were dashed, now comes word that the England star could be set for a shocking recovery from sprained ankle ligaments.

Rooney suffered a sprained right ankle in last week's Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, and while the injury forced him to miss Manchester United's crucial Premier League loss to Chelsea on Saturday, Rooney is reportedly recovering well and could be available for the second leg against Bayern on Wednesday.

Rooney's chances of returning have been put at around 40 percent, though a final word won't be known until Tuesday.

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You can add French striker David Trezeguet to the list of players linked to potential Designated Player moves to MLS this summer.

The Los Angeles Galaxy mentioned as a potential destination for Trezeguet, though the Juventus striker has plenty of other European options ahead of him this summer.

Under the new MLS rules regarding Designated Players, the Galaxy currently have two DPs in David Beckham and Landon Donovan, but can add a third DP. The club's most pressing need is at forward, where adding a striker to partner with Edson Buddle could help the Galaxy move a step closer to a return to an MLS Cup Final.


Juventus, Everton and Atletico Madrid are just some of the teams being mentioned as potential participants in a four-team summer tournament to be played at Red Bull Arena in late July/early August.

According to the Sunday Sun, those clubs, as well as English clubs Newcastle and Bolton, are all possibilities for the new tournament, which could be named the New York Football Challenge.

The New York Red Bulls are expected to take part in the tournament, along with three European clubs. Portuguese sides Sporting and Porto are also possibilities.


What do you think of the above stories? Can you believe Rooney might come back for Wednesday's match, or do you think it's a ploy? Like the idea of Trezeguet joining the Galaxy? Which teams would you like to see playing in the New York Football Challenge?

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