Fulham boss Hughes happy Rooney banned for Man Utd

Fulham boss Mark Hughes admits he's happy Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will remain suspended for this weekend's game.

The England striker was back making headlines for the right reasons last night with the goal which beat Chelsea in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Hughes said: "Having watched his performance last night, I am obviously pleased, because I thought he was outstanding."

However, the former United striker knows Sir Alex Ferguson has plenty in reserve.

"If Rooney is not available, then that is a positive from our point of view," said Hughes.

"But saying that, they have a lot of very good players who can come in and make and impact in his place.

"While it is good news you are not facing a world-class striker, there certainly have other talents that can cause you problems as well."

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