MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is stretchered off with an injury during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on August 25, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney Suffers Gashed Knee

Wayne Rooney had to leave Manchester United's match against Fulham with a nasty gash to his knee.

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Nasty Gash To Keep Wayne Rooney Out For A Month

Wayne Rooney could be out for a month after having a nasty gash opened up on his thigh on Saturday versus Fulham. The Englishman was stretchered off of the field and taken to the hospital for treatment.

"Wayne Rooney's been whisked off to hospital immediately and it looks a bad one," Sir Alex Ferguson said after the match. "I think he could be out for four weeks with a bad gash."

The injury occurred when Rooney went to ground to challenge Hugo Rodallega. Rooney ended up underneath Rodallega and when the Fulham player came back to ground after leaving his feet to shoot, he came down on Rooney's thigh.

Rodallega's studs opened up Rooney's leg up and left him with a huge gash. Blood was coming out of what was a visibly deep wound and after trying to limp away, he was wisely told to go to ground and get treated before leaving on a stretcher for the hospital.

With Rooney out, Manchester United will turn to Shinji Kagawa more often and in his more natural central attacking midfield position, as opposed to benching one of Rooney, Kagawa or Robin van Persie or playing one out of position. Considering the fine form that Kagawa has been in early this season, the Red Devils should be just fine.

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Manchester United Vs. Fulham, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, Wayne Rooney Injured As Red Devils Win 3-2

Manchester United have captured their first win of the season, but they needed a big save from David de Gea to do it, and they might have lost one of their best players to injury in the process. The Red Devils held on for a 3-2 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Wayne Rooney took studs to the knee in stoppage time and suffered a nasty gash. Time will tell if he simply needs stitches or if his injury is much worse.

Damien Duff kicked off the scoring in an exciting match, turning in a Bryan Ruiz free kick in the 3rd minute. It didn't take long for Robin van Persie, in the lineup for Rooney, to respond. He netted his first goal as a United player in the 10th minute with a fantastic first-time strike, equalizing for the Red Devils.

The rest of the first half was dominated by Manchester United, and they carried a 3-1 lead into halftime. Their second goal was scored by Shinji Kagawa, who scored a tap-in after Mark Schwarzer blocked a shot in the 35th minute. In the 41st minute, Rafael da Silva headed in a lofted cross by Ashley Young.

Fulham were much better in the second half, but they needed a gift from United to get back into the match. Nemanja Vidic made things interesting in the 64th minute when he turned in a terrible own goal. Alex Ferguson decided to play some risky tactics and attempt to hold onto his one-goal lead, a decision that eventually paid off.

Rooney came on as a substitute in the 68th minute and suffered his injury right as stoppage time began, when Hugo Rodellega accidentally stepped on his knee. He had a massive bloody gash that had to be taped up, and he was removed from the game on a stretcher.

The Cottagers almost found a 95th minute equalizer, but De Gea made a very good reaction save on a close-range header at the death to seal the win for United.

For more on the Red Devils, head over to Manchester United blog The Busby Babe. For more on the Cottagers, check out Fulham FC blog Cottagers Confidential.

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