Marcos Rojo is nearing his long-awaited return from injury. The Argentine defender - who ended last season as one of Manchester United’s most impressive performers - is “two weeks” away from returning to action, according to José Mourinho. In his pre-match interview with MUTV ahead of United’s narrow over Benfica, the manager revealed that the decision to include Rojo as part of the traveling squad was because of his progress.
“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.”
Excellent news, and not a moment too soon. Both of United’s first-choice center backs are currently injured. Eric Bailly picked up an injury while on international duty with the Ivory Coast and has not been involved in the last two matches. Phil Jones was also injured for the Champions League fixture, but is close enough to a return that he was included on the bench in Lisbon. Apparently, Jones picked the injury while on England duty, but played 90 minutes against Liverpool on Saturday despite carrying the knock.