Wayne Rooney did not look like a happy man when he arrived in Bangkok and within hours the Manchester United star was on his way home after suffering an apparent injury.
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A "sulky" Wayne Rooney arrives at his Bangkok hotel, saying nothing to the media nor to the many fans gathering to welcome his Manchester United team.
You can see yesterday's story and photos on Manchester United's arrival here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/easy/359189/manchester-united-comes-to-town
Silent Rooney leaves for home
Bangkok football fans will not see Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in action Saturday night and now superstar Wayne Rooney has joined the list of the missing.
He left Bangkok to fly back to England early Friday because of a hamstring injury suffered in training just after arriving in the city.
The Premier League champions say on the club's website that "it is anticipated that he will be unavailable for selection for a month."
Football fans are wondering, however, if he will ever appear in a Red Devil uniform again.
The injury comes amid silence from Rooney about whether he still wants to leave United. Before retiring as manager in May, Alex Ferguson said he'd been told by the England forward that he wanted to join a new club.
Yesterday, he did not look like a happy man, taking little or no notice of the huge welcome Bangkok fans gave to the arriving football players
He walked with his head down and did not talk to media as he arrived with his team-mates – a "sulky" arrival was the way one British writer put it.
Before Rooney's departure for home, however, new manager David Moyes reiterated that the England striker was not for sale and would not be leaving United.
"I have met Wayne two, three, four times. A lot has been said about myself and Wayne over the years but we have a really good relationship," said the Scot, who was manager of Everton when Rooney began his career at that club.
"He is training great. They are telling me it is the best shape they have seen him in for a long time... I am going to try and get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can."
Adapted from Bangkok Post and agency stories.
amid : at the same time as - ท่ามกลาง
anticipate : to guess or expect that something will happen - คาดการณ์
appear : to be seen - ปรากฏ
career : a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ
departure : leaving - การออกจาก
forward (noun): an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า
gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
hamstring : one of the five tendons behind the knee that connect the muscles of the upper leg to the bones of the lower leg - เอ็นร้อยหวาย
injury (noun): physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
media : radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
notice : to see or hear somebody/something; to become aware of somebody/something - สังเกต
Red Devils (noun): the nickname of the Manchester United football club - ปีศาจแดง
reiterated : repeated something in order to emphasise it or make it very clear to people - ยืนยันตามเดิม
relationship : the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other - ความสัมพันธ์
retired : no longer working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work or you want to stop working - เกษียณอายุ
selection : choice; the process of choosing - การเลือก,การคัดเลือก
shape : condition - สภาพ
silence : a situation in which somebody refuses to talk about something or to answer questions - การไม่พูด, ความเงียบ
striker : a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals - การบุกในกีฬาฟุตบอล
suffer : to experience something very unpleasant or painful - ประสบ
sulky (adjective): bad-tempered or not speaking because you are angry or upset about something - ซึ่งโกรธไม่พูดไม่จา, เคืองใจ,อารมณ์บูดบึ้ง
unavailable : not able to be contacted or used - ไม่สามารถใช้ได้ ไม่สามารถหาได้
uniform : the special set of clothes worn by all members of an organisation or a group at work, or by children at school - เครื่องแบบ
wonder : to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it - สงสัย