MINNEAPOLIS -- The boot on Nikola Pekovics injured right ankle has been removed. Camiseta Lucas Vazquez Barata . Theres no sign yet of his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, though. Coach Rick Adelman said he had "no idea" when the team will have the 6-foot-11, 285-pound centre back in the lineup. Hes recovering from bursitis, which is inflammation around the joint. The Wolves have six games in the next nine days before the All-Star break, which will give Pekovic an opportunity for extra rest. Pekovic has sat out of the last three games, two of them losses. The 28-year-old Pekovic is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game. Camiseta Real Madrid Rebajas .Brooks, a three-year veteran, was slow to get up after suffering the injury during a 5-yard run by Arian Foster.Brooks limped off the field midway through the quarter and then slowly walked to the locker room a few minutes later. Camiseta Sergio Ramos Niño . -- The Oakland Raiders expect to have starting right tackle Tony Pashos back for Sundays game against the Houston Texans.MANCHESTER, England -- Wayne Rooneys headline-grabbing presence couldnt inspire Manchester United to victory over Chelsea on Monday as the title rivals played out a dull 0-0 draw in the Premier Leagues first blockbuster match of the season. David Moyes marked his first home game in charge of United with the bold selection of Rooney against a club that has twice lodged unsuccessful offers to sign the England striker this summer. That selection added extra spice to a game that is always eagerly anticipated but, despite a standout performance from Rooney in his first start of the season, neither team created a clear-cut chance in a disappointing stalemate at Old Trafford. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho opted surprisingly to start with no recognized striker, only bringing on Fernando Torres after the 60 minutes, and was happy to leave with a point that keeps his team unbeaten after three matches in his second spell in charge. Chelsea is top of the early standings on seven points. "I think for us, after two home victories, to come to the champions in their first match at home and get a point, I think its fine, its positive," Mourinho said. Continuing the traditions of his predecessor Alex Ferguson, Moyes fielded an attacking lineup that contained three strikers -- including Rooney -- but his team lacked the attacking spark that lifted it to a season-opening 4-1 win at Swansea last weekend. Danny Welbeck wasted the home sides best chance, scooping over from 10 yards out in the second half, but United found Chelsea centre backs John Terry and Gary Cahill an impenetrable barrier. It was Uniteds first 0-0 league draw at Old Trafford since 2009. "I thought if anyone created the chances, it was us," Moyes said. "It was a tight game and we just didnt have the final cross or the final pass tonight. But I thought we played very well." Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Mourinho in the technical area and opposite an overbearing stand bearing Fergusons name, Moyes was given yet more indications of the size of his daunting task at United. His decision to start with Rooney, however, showed he will be his own man at United and he was treated to an impressive display from a striker who was serenaded with chants from both sets of fans. While United supporters belted out "Rooney, Rooney" throuughout, Chelseas travelling contingent replied with: "Well see you next week" and "Sign him up. Camiseta Casemiro Real Madrid. " It must have been a strange evening for Rooney, who indicated to United toward the end of last season that he wanted to leave and has been relentlessly -- and openly -- pursued by Mourinho. He coped well, though. Neat and tidy throughout in his role behind Robin van Persie, he linked up play well, tracked back, showed a good range of passing and had two shots saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. In the final moments, Rooney attempted a bicycle kick from eight yards out but he failed to connect. "Hes been great in training and anybody who was watching might have seen a slightly leaner-looking Wayne," Moyes said. "I thought he worked back, he tackled, he chased ... I think Wayne has a positive mind at the moment. "I think his performance tonight said enough." Robin van Persie has replaced Rooney as the leading striker at United but he had a quiet night up against Terry and Cahill, with a 23rd-minute shot into the side-netting the Dutchmans only real chance. At the other end, Oscar had two low efforts easily saved by United goalkeeper David de Gea in the first half but Chelseas counter-attacks were sporadic and ineffective. Despite fielding a plethora of playmakers and attacking midfielders, Mourinho -- strongly linked with the United job before Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson -- tellingly chose not to start Juan Mata, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. The Spain international -- one of the leagues top performers last season -- was on the bench with compatriot Torres, who was introduced on the hour to finally give Chelsea an attacking outlet. But it was United looking slightly more dangerous, Welbeck scooping over the bar when well-placed after receiving Rooneys disguised pass. Errors remained frequent, though. One five-second passage of play summed the game up, when Torres passed straight to Patrice Evra, who then slid the ball out of play trying to find Van Persie. In one of the many subplots surrounding the game, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand played against each other for the first time since Terry allegedly racially abused Ferdinands brother, Anton, in a league match in October 2011. The pair shook hands before kickoff. ' ' '
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