Wayne Rooney to miss at least four weeks with leg gash

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Wayne Rooney didn't start in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Fulham, but after he did come on in the 68th minute, he ended up leaving on a stretcher. Rooney attempted to slide in and block a Hugo Rodallega shot from distance in added time, resulting in the Fulham man landing on Rooney's thigh and slicking it open.

Rooney stood up and held his bleeding thigh for all to see, but was eventually taken off on a stretcher. After the match, Alex Ferguson revealed the extent of the injury. From the London Evening Standard:

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "It was a very bad one. He has gone to hospital. It looks like he will be out for four weeks."

Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa both started for Man United and both scored on their Old Trafford debut, making the loss of Rooney a bit easier for Ferguson to shrug off. The good news for Chicharito: he's now the fourth in line to start for the next few weeks!

UPDATE: Surgeons were "surprised" by how deep the six-inch gash on Rooney's thigh was. It's now being reported that he could miss up to two months.