Rooney will play despite manager's disappointmment

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Ronald Koeman says he sees no reason why Wayne Rooney won't feature against Tottenham on Saturday despite expressing his displeasure the player's arrest for drink driving.

The 31-year-old was charged with driving over the legal limit and goes before a magistrate on the 18th of this month but despite relentless press coverage of his private life and Everton's own need to deal with the issue of his legal transgression, he will still play in the meantime.

“Obviously, I'm very disappointed with the situation regarding Wayne Rooney,” Koeman said. We have spoken — and that was last Tuesday — and the chairman, Bill Kenwright, also spoke to Wayne about this situation.

“In line with any disciplinary matter, this will be dealt with internally by the club at the appropriate time.”

Asked if he felt Rooney's performances would be affected by the media circus currently surrounding his private life, the manager said that he has seen no reason not to play the 31-year-old this weekend.

“If I see that Wayne is not in the right condition physically or mentally to play then he won't play.”