Star Rooney out to re­deem him­self af­ter drink-driv­ing charge

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>> LIVER­POOL: Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man con­firmed striker Wayne Rooney will play against Tot­ten­ham to­day de­spite a drink drive charge hanging over the striker.

Rooney was ar­rested a week ago and has a court hear­ing on Sept 18 af­ter be­ing re­leased on bail over the in­ci­dent.

The 31-year-old has scored twice in three Premier League games for Ever­ton hav­ing re­joined his boy­hood club from Manch­ester United in the sum­mer.

Koe­man was un­able to bring in an­other top striker be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closed and will there­fore keep faith with Rooney de­spite his trou­bles off the pitch.

The Dutch­man read out a pre­pared state­ment con­cern­ing Rooney at his press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day and re­vealed the former Eng­land captain may yet be sub­jected to fur­ther dis­ci­plinary ac­tion by the club.

“Ob­vi­ously I am very dis­ap­pointed by the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing Wayne Rooney,” Koe­man said.

“We have spo­ken last Tues­day and the chair­man spoke to Wayne about this sit­u­a­tion.

“Any dis­ci­plinary mat­ter will be dealt with in­ter­nally by the club at the ap­pro­pri­ate time and that’s all I have to say.

“That’s all we have to say on the case of Wane Rooney.”

Koe­man said ‘yes’ when asked if Rooney would fea­ture against Spurs at Good­i­son Park and does not think the in­ci­dent will have an im­pact on his mind­set.

“If I see Wayne is not in a po­si­tion phys­i­cally or men­tally to play he will not play,” he added.

Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has a dis­ci­plinary mat­ter as well, as Fifa yes­ter­day opened pro­ceed­ings against mid­fielder Dele Alli af­ter the player was caught mak­ing an ob­scene ges­ture dur­ing Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Slo­vakia on Mon­day.

Po­chet­tino, speak­ing on Thurs­day, had played down the in­ci­dent.

“It’s true it’s not a fan­tas­tic ges­ture but it’s not a big is­sue. It was a joke in a mo­ment with his team­mate,” he said.

“I don’t think it’ll be a big is­sue with Fifa or with us.”

Ever­ton’s Wayne Rooney.

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