The Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said Wayne Rooney's ankle injury could keep him out of football action for longer than initially expected.
The striker, who ended intense speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract last week, is on holiday as he recovers from the injury he picked up in training.
Asked if the prognosis for his return was still three weeks, Ferguson confirmed he thinks the star striker will be out for longer.
Rooney, who scored 34 goals for United last season, has struggled for form this campaign, finding the net only twice in 11 games for club and country.
He has not played for United since their 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on October the 16th and is now a doubt for the derby clash with Manchester City on November the 10th.