Man United have sent Wayne Rooney for some warm weather training in a desperate attempt to get him fit for the January 19 trip to Chelsea.
Manager David Moyes confirmed both Rooney and strike partner Robin van Persie will miss Saturday's Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford.
Moyes said Van Persie would still be absent for "a little while" with a long-standing thigh injury, while hoping Rooney would respond to the better temperatures.
"We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break," said Moyes.
"His groin has not quite recovered yet.
"We have sent a fitness coach with him. He's away with the family. Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea."
Rooney has missed United's defeats to Swansea and Sunderland in the last week, having had a scan on his groin injury last Friday.