Football: Wayne Rooney could face Arsenal despite drunk claims

Wayne Rooney playing for England. Photo / Photosport
Wayne Rooney playing for England. Photo / Photosport

Wayne Rooney is in contention to face Arsenal this weekend amid allegations of an all-night drinking session while on international duty.

The Sun alleged that Rooney was seen 'stumbling around' and could 'barely speak' as England players and staff enjoyed a night off on Saturday after beating Scotland.

The Manchester United captain then missed the 2-2 draw with Spain with what was described as a minor knee injury three days later.

Rooney was back at Carrington this week to undergo checks on the knee problem and Sportsmail understands his inclusion against Arsenal is dependant on fitness rather than heavy drinking allegations.

The 31-year-old was at The Grove hotel on Saturday, with reports that they shared rounds of beer and red wine. A source then claimed he was invited to a wedding party and carried on drinking and posing for photographs.

United sources have pointed towards the incident occurring seven days before their next match and indicated he could feature when Arsenal travel to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is next due to speak on Friday afternoon, when he is expected to offer his view.

A spokesman for Rooney said: 'Wayne, along with the rest of the England squad, was on a night off duty. Rather than going out, he chose to stay at the team hotel to relax and celebrate a fine England victory against Scotland.

'During the course of the evening he was approached by numerous fellow guests for autographs and pictures.

'As he has always been, Wayne was happy to sign, pose for photos and chat with guests. It is sad that one or two of them have now sought to turn Wayne's friendly good nature to their advantage.'

A member of staff at The Grove told The Sun: 'He was causing a commotion so word got around quickly. He was stumbling around a lot and could hardly speak.'

- Daily Mail

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