Sep 7, 2017

Everton boss Ronald Koeman ‘very disappointed’ with Wayne Rooney over drink-driving charge but says striker will face Tottenham

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman 'very disappointed' with Wayne Rooney over drink-driving charge but says striker will face Tottenham

Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits he is “very disappointed” by Wayne Rooney’s drink-driving charge and the striker will be disciplined “at the appropriate time”.

The 31-year-old was arrested and charged by police in the early hours of Friday and will appear at Stockport Magistrates Court on September 18, the day after he is due to play at Old Trafford for the first time following his summer move from Manchester United.

Koeman, reading from a prepared statement, said: “Obviously I am very disappointed by this situation regarding Wayne Rooney.

“We have spoken on Tuesday and the chairman Bill Kenwright spoke also to Wayne about this situation.

“In line with any disciplinary matter this will be dealt with internally at an appropriate time and that is all I have to say about the case of Wayne Rooney.”

Koeman last month spoke of the positive influence Rooney, who has scored twice in seven appearances since returning to his boyhood club, has had in the dressing room.

Asked whether the situation had affected the player and whether it would impact on the manager’s selection, Koeman added: “He will play this Saturday (against Tottenham).

“If I see that Wayne is not in a physical or mental condition to play then he won’t play.”

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