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Rooney 'gutted' by pre-season injury

Jul. 12, 2013 11:16 AM EST

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is "gutted" after having to head home from Manchester United's pre-season tour.

The Premier League champions are in Thailand as part of a visit to the Far East ahead of the new season and the club confirmed on Thursday that the England international would miss a month of action with a hamstring injury.

But Rooney, while admitting to being disappointed, revealed that the injury is not as bad as first feared.

"Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going well," Rooney commented on his official Facebook page.

"Heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about."

The 27-year-old's future at Old Trafford was recently clarified after a prolonged period of uncertainty, which followed outgoing manager Alex Ferguson's revelation that the striker had handed in a transfer request.

However, new incumbent David Moyes used his first press conference as United boss to confirm that Rooney would be staying at the club.