Moyes' defamation case against HarperCollins, the publishers of Rooney's autobiography, will be an unwanted distraction for the player as Manchester United's season reaches its climax.
It will also come a few weeks before the finals of Euro 2008. The case is bound to provoke embarrassment at Goodison, too, with former and current Everton players likely to be called as witnesses - by both sides. One of Rooney's best friends is Everton defender Alan Stubbs.
Rooney alleged in his book that a rift had developed between him and Moyes in his final year at Everton and that he felt he was being forced out of the club.