Briefs: Rooney returns, Saudis rule out Scolari

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* Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney should be fit for Saturday's Premier League match at home to Blackburn Rovers after being out of action for a month with a hamstring injury, manager Alex Ferguson said.

"Wayne should be ready for Saturday's game against Blackburn, we're quite confident of that, and he may have a slight chance of being fit for a place on the bench on Wednesday (for the game at home to Fulham)," Ferguson was quoted as saying on the club's website.

Rooney picked up the injury after scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on January 14.

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* Saudi soccer chiefs have denied media reports saying Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was sacked last week as boss of Chelsea, was being lined up to take over the country's national team.

"These reports are not true. Yes, we are looking for a new coach to start immediately, but it will not be Scolari," Faisal al Abdulhadi, secretary-general of the Saudi Arabian soccer federation told Reuters on Monday.

Nasser al Johar resigned in the wake of last week's 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat last week to North Korea, which left the Saudis second from bottom in Asian qualifying Group Two, with four matches remaining.


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