Manchester United have had a number of injury problems in defence this season. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all been absent at one point or another this season. On the left-hand side of defence Luke Shaw only recently returned whilst Marcos Rojo has been out since late last season.
The latter has now publicly announced that he aims to be back in action for us for our final Champions League group stage match, versus CSKA Moscow next month.
We are in action against FC Basel in Europe next week whereby a draw would be enough to guarantee winning Group A with a game to spare.
Should that be the case, Jose Mourinho could use our last group stage match, at home to the Russian side on Tuesday 5 December, as an opportunity to get the likes of Shaw and Rojo back towards full match fitness and with some playing time under their belts.
Marcos Rojo has been sidelined since the end of April when he suffered knee ligament damage in our Europa League quarter-final second leg victory over Anderlecht at Old Trafford.
The defender has now said that he hopes to be back in first team contention in three weeks’ time. Rojo told TyC Sports (via Sky Sports):
“Tomorrow 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.
“In three weeks we have a Champions League game and if all goes well tomorrow, I could play in that.”
Marcos Rojo made 21 Premier League appearances (18 starts) under Mourinho last season and a further 10 (8 starts) in the Europa League before injury a serious injury prematurely ended his season.
With the World Cup taking place next summer the 27-year-old will be keen to get back into the United first team to make sure he is part of the Argentina defence in Russia.
Rojo is set to miss the Premier League games versus Newcastle United (home), Brighton & Hove Albion (home) and Arsenal (away), meaning his first league game this season could be the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday 10 December.