Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was missing from training this morning.

Rooney was absent amid growing speculation that wife Colleen is set to give birth to their first child.

The birth is nine days overdue and Rooney's absence heightened belief that the England star is shortly to become a father for the first time.

If that is the case, Rooney would almost certainly be excused from duty against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday.