Wayne Rooney Manchester United
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney walks off the field after receiving a straight red card in the English Premier League game against West HamReuters

Manchester United have already missed Wayne Rooney for the last three English Premier League matches, including the big one against Chelsea, and fears increased over the club skipper missing the Manchester Derby against Manchester City on Sunday after the striker seemed to limp at a club promotional event on Monday.

Rooney found himself on the sidelines for the last three games after picking up a red card in the match against West Ham for kicking out at Stewart Downing, and while the forward has played for England over the last few weeks, the 29-year-old has been out of action for the club for a month.

The Manchester Derby would have been the absolute perfect platform for Rooney to make his comeback, however that return was put in doubt after the England international seemed to struggle with his right leg while promoting a watch brand.

Manchester United, though, quickly allayed those fears, insisting Rooney had taken part in full training on Monday and was fully fit for the upcoming clash against Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.

Louis Van Gaal would have been keen on welcoming back Rooney, who has been missed by Manchester United, with Juan Mata not quite able to fill that No.10 role to the greatest of effects.

Manchester United missed the goalscoring and creative prowess of Rooney as well as Radamel Falcao in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea last Sunday, and Van Gaal will certainly be keen to see both of his forwards in full flow against Manchester City.

City will be desperate for three points after their shock loss at West Ham at the weekend, while Manchester United will want to build on the bit of momentum which has been brewing over the past few games.

While the results have not quite been outstanding as yet, Van Gaal would have definitely seen the obvious improvements in the side and will expect a performance worthy of a victory when Manchester United pay a visit to the Etihad to take on the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday afternoon.