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Wayne Rooney wrestles tigers and feeds giraffe in Dubai

Manchester United star is enjoying a mid-season break in the UAE while he recovers from injury

Wayne Rooney wrestles tigers and feeds giraffe in Dubai
Manchester Uniteds English striker Wayne Rooney. (Getty Images)

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney visited Dubai last week to wrestle a tiger and feed giraffes. The striker took a short trip to Dubai last week, and met the animals at his friend's farm in Al Khawaneej.

Wayne Rooney is having a warm weather break with his wife Coleen, after an injury damaged his knee ligaments. Coleen is also recovering from giving birth to their third son, Kit, in January.

Rooney is expected to be back with the Red Devils by the end of the month. No longer required to undergo surgery, Rooney can still play in this summer's European Championships in France, where is expected to once again captain England.

Mohammad Abbas, brother of Al Nasr left back Hussain Abbas, was at the farm during Rooney's visit. Apart from wrestling with the tiger, Abbas was most impressed by the player's attitude.

"Sometimes, you can tell if a person is arrogant from the way they talk, but Rooney is very down-to-earth and kind-hearted, I didn't expect that." He went on to tell Emarat Al Youm that Rooney, "spoke to us about is professional and personal life comfortably like any ordinary person".

Video footage was also revealed by Emaray Al Youm showing Rooney being taught the Arabic phrase for 'Peace be upon you'.

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