Rooney to make United return

Wayne Rooney is fit to start Manchester United's English Premier League game at Everton on Sunday, manager David Moyes has said. Rooney injured a toe in his left foot during United's first leg UEFA Champions League draw against Bayern Munich and he struggled in the return leg the following week.

The striker will travel to Goodison Park on Sunday though after making encouraging progress in his rehabilitation from the injury.

"Wayne Rooney has trained great this week," Moyes said, also confirming that he would be in United's squad for the game. "He is in really good form. Getting him back is a good thing. He just wasn't right with his toe at times in the last game."

Moyes was in a good mood ahead of his first match back at Goodison Park since leaving the club to join United last summer. His spirits have been lifted by the news that Robin van Persie is making a good progress in his return from a knee injury he sustained against Olympiacos in the Champions League. Van Persie jarred his knee in the 3-0 win against the Greeks on 21 March and he has been sent to the Netherlands to aid his recovery.

Wayne Rooney has trained great this week. He is in really good form.
David Moyes, Manchester United manager

"Robin is making improvements," the Scot said. "We always thought he would be out for 4-6 weeks. We'll have a better assessment in the next week or so as we'll see how he is coming along. Our medical team is heading out there to see him this week and get a better feel as to exactly where he is."

Moyes confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has overcome a calf injury and should be fit to face his old club, but ruled full-back Rafael and cast doubt over central defender Jonny Evans out due to a thigh problem and a calf injury respectively.

"Fellaini didn't play against Bayern but we expect him back fit because he has trained all week," Moyes said.