Will Rooney play for Man Utd away to Everton on Saturday?(credit: Ryu Voelkel
Wayne Rooney has been left out of Manchester United's game at Everton today just days after it was reportedly that the striker could ask for time away from the game in a bid to save his marriage to wife Coleen following last weekend's allegations about his private life
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Rooney did not travel with the Man Utd squad for today's Everton v Manchester United game and according to the Daily Mirror earrlier this week, Rooney was ready to put his football career on hold in a bid to save his marriage following allegations that he slept with a £1,000-a-night prostitute while Coleen was pregnant with their child.
Coleen has reportedly already discussed a possible split with lawyers, while England striker Wayne has told close friends that he will do "anything to convince her" that he is sorry.
William Hill (£25 free bet) on Thursday lengthened the price of Wayne and Coleen Rooney splitting to 6/4 (from evens) ahead of Rooney's trip to Goodison Park on Saturday in his first game for Man Utd since the allegations broke.
If he had played, Rooney could have expected a hostile reception and his England team-mate Phil Jagielka admitted this week that the game could be "amusing" with Rooney almost certain to come in for abuse from fans of his former club.
Jagielka said: "On Merseyside Wayne always gets a little bit of stick and I'll be giving him a little bit as well if he plays on Saturday.
"I've spoken to him about it. All the boys in the England squad know who is playing who.
"It is always interesting playing against people you've just been away with in the week. No doubt I'll give him a bit of banter if he plays.
"There is a good chance he will get slaughtered. He normally gets quite a bit of stick anyway. I can't see that changing come Saturday."
Of the recent newspaper headlines, Jagielka added: "I am sure Wayne can deal with it. He is a tough lad and he will let his football do the talking.
"I will enjoy the battle against him. I like playing against good players and Wayne is definitely a good player.
"It is always a tough battle and I've always got to keep concentrated when I play against him."
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