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Marcos Rojo out for six weeks

Manchester United's Argentine central defender will be out until around Christmas time.

Michael Regan

The good news? Marcos Rojo does not require surgery on his shoulder, which he dislocated towards the end of last Sunday's defeat against Manchester City. And the bad? He will still be out for six weeks, according to Louis van Gaal.

A six week absence will rule Rojo out of the games against Arsenal on 22 November and Liverpool on 14 December. However, he should be back in time for the Christmas fixtures: United play Newcastle at home on Boxing Day, visit Tottenham on the 28th, and then play in Stoke on Boxing Day, and squad numbers will be vital at such a congested time.

At least the more hysterical prognostications -- three to six months -- have been shown to be baseless, but it remains a serious blow for a player still adjusting to life in English football. Still, Louis van Gaal know who he's blaming: "The human body has been made by God, not by me."