Marcos Rojo is reportedly eyeing a return to first-team in time for the Reds’ Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow on 5th December.
Rojo was sidelined after he suffered a cruciate ligament damage to his knee in Red Devils’ Europa League quarter-final match against Anderlecht in April this year.
The Argentina international has since been out of action, and now, almost eight months later, he is set to step onto the pitch with the club’s reserve side, which faces Athletic Club in the Premier League International Cup at Leigh Sports Village on 15th November.
While talking to TyC Sports, Rojo stated: “I am going to play with the reserves in a friendly match. I feel good. Up until now, I have not had any problems but training is not the same as a match.”
The 27-year-old also mentioned that he’s hopeful to make a full fledged return to Jose Mourinho’s line-up as early as December, and has his eyes set on United’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.
“In three weeks we have a Champions League game and if all goes well tomorrow, I could play in that,” he said.
The Red Devils are just one point short of cementing a place in the knockout stage of the European competition, and a draw against the Russian Champions would be enough to see them progress from the group stage.
The defender, however, is also focused on booking a place on the Argentinian National team that would be travelling to Russia for next year’s World Cup.
He added: “I have to win my place back in the team so that Jorge Sampaoli considers me for the World Cup. I have been out a while but I am determined to get back into the national team. I want to show Sampaoli how good I am.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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