Rooney's fitness is a serious matter for Hodgson ahead of next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
And he is not prepared to do anything to risk it.
"Wayne has missed enough football this season and I don't want him to miss anymore," said Hodgson.
"I will have to talk to the medical and fitness people about it because it gets a bit tricky if you decide to start him and see how long he lasts.
"Then you can get past a point where medically he should have been taken off but because he wants to carry on or you still want him on the field because you need a result, you can push him a bit too far.
"I don't want to push him beyond the limit he shouldn't pass.
"I would be very disappointed if he played too long in this game, sent him back to Manchester United injured and then he missed another period of time."
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