Wayne Rooney has revealed is his new book that he often returned to pre-season training with Manchester United over-weight and that is has been a constant battle throughout his career.
The England forward is currently recovering after suffering a deep gash to his thigh in the closing stages of United’s win over Fulham a fortnight ago.
Rooney had been dropped from the starting line-up for that game admits rumours of a bust-up with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Scot then fired a coded warning to Rooney while talking to sport news reporters about his recovery from his latest injury, stressing that it was important he “went to the gym” while recovering and that his injury would not prevent him from doing so.
Now Rooney has admitted himself that he struggles with his weight and sticking to the strict dietary lifestyle laid down by the Barclays premier league giants.
Speaking about returning for duty with the Red Devils in 2009, Rooney wrote: "Early July: the first day back at pre-season training. I'm like most blokes, I put on a few pounds after a holiday.
“Even if I don't train for a week, I put on two or three, but when I get back to Carrington for the first day of work, I'm in for a shock. The scales in the club gym tell me I've put on a few more pounds than expected – seven. Seven!
"Then I remember – I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I'm stocky. I'm not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle. But I gain weight quite easily.”
The news will be of concern for United fans, who need such a star player like Rooney to be performing at his peak.
It also makes you wonder how long a ruthless manager like Sir Alex Ferguson will stand for such fitness issues. The Scot has shown in the past that he shows not sentiment when it comes to replacing players in his squad and it could well be that Rooney becomes a sensational casualty of Ferguson’s Old Trafford re-building.