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Wayne Rooney made an astonishing recovery to become a ­goalscoring hero for Manchester United.

Just 14 days ago the England striker’s forehead was split wide open after a training ground collision, which meant he ­needed 10 stitches and faced a lengthy lay-off.

But he defied the doubters to play with a special head protector against Palace.

Arsenal, who are still ­trailing the United striker with a ­£40million January bid in the offing, will have noted his fine form.

United boss David Moyes said: “We didn’t know whether Wayne would be able to play ­because the protective headband didn’t arrive ­until Friday and he had to train first.

“It was a nasty cut and it’s still tender, so we had to be careful with him, but he wanted to play and once he told me he was fine I had no hesitation.

“He’s scored a terrific goal and that will do him good.

“He even won a couple of headers for us, so that’s a good sign.”

Recalling the original ­incident when Rooney ­collided with team-mate Phil Jones, Moyes said: “It was a real shock when it happened.

“I thought it was just a scrape or that he’d nicked it and it might need a stitch.

“But then I followed him in with the doctor and the doctor said ‘have you seen it?’

“He opened it up and you could see right through. It was a really bad one and nearly in two parts. It went right through the middle of his skull.”

“The wound has healed better than I thought possible.”

United insiders insist Rooney’s recovery ­simply highlights the club’s state-of-the-art medical ­facilities and the player’s status as a quick healer.

After seeing Rooney don his special headband Moyes joked: “It reminded me of a sumo wrestler!”

Arsenal are not joking about their intent to pursue Rooney or Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the January window.

Manager Arsene Wenger still has £40m to spend and the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has ­transformed the Gunners’ status in the transfer ­market.

Sources in Madrid believe Sami Khedira, the Real and Germany midfield ­anchorman, would like to follow Ozil to the ­Emirates ­Stadium.

Wenger won’t have the funds to sign a striker and a midfield powerhouse. He will have to nominate a ­specific target.

Both Khedira and Rooney will have 18 months ­remaining on their ­contracts when the January window opens.

Source: Mirror

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