Manchester United fans will be happy to know that Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is close to returning after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury.
Rojo brings in a lot for manager Jose Mourinho, given his attributes both as a left-back and a central defender. The experienced campaigner suffered a terrible injury during United’s Europa League campaign last season, and injured his anterior cruciate ligament during the quarter-final tie against Anderlecht.
Rojo’s return could bolster United ahead of a rush of games in the upcoming months, especially during December. Ahead of the club’s Champions League tie against Benfica, Rojo trained with the first team in Portugal, and questions were asked to Jose on the player’s availability.
The Portuguese provided the update by stating: “Rojo is not coming to play but he is coming with the team to train today with the group. Tomorrow, individually, but he’s coming [back]. I would say, probably in two weeks, Marcos is ready to play.”
This comes as a massive boost for the Mancunian club, especially with Rojo’s return coming earlier than it was expected in the summer. The ex-Sporting man made 41 appearances for Jose’s side last season, and his presence will bring more competition amongst the host of defenders at the latter’s disposal.
Alongside Rojo, left-back and England international Luke Shaw too, was seen practicing. The 22-year-old has just played 45 minutes of football this season after making a return last month, as he too, was out for a long time with injury.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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