Rooney Doctor leaves ManU

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

The Manchester United doctor treating injured England striker Wayne Rooney left the club on Wednesday.

Rooney Doctor leaves ManU

Manchester:

The Manchester United doctor treating injured England striker Wayne Rooney left the club on Wednesday over what the team described as a "difference of opinion". Mike Stone has been working with Rooney as he seeks to recover from a broken bone in his right foot in time for the upcoming World Cup. "We can confirm that Dr. Stone has left the club," United said in a statement. "There was a difference of opinion on a non-football and non-clinical issue, as a result of which Dr. Stone felt it to be in his and the club's best interests for him to leave." The club said the decision "had nothing whatsoever to do with any medical treatment to any Manchester United player." Stone had been at the club since 1999. His departure means Rooney's care will now be handled by his assistant Tony Gill. United manager Alex Ferguson has made it clear he will not release the 20-year-old striker for England duty unless he is fully fit. Rooney broke a metatarsal bone on April 29 while playing for United. He has been riding a bicycle and spending time in an oxygen chamber to speed up recovery, but hasn't kicked a ball yet. (AP)

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