Huge blow to Manchester United: Key defender ruled out with a SERIOUS injury
Manchester United suffered a huge blow as left-back Marcos Rojo again dislocated his shoulder which was damaged last year during the Manchester derby.
Yet another setback for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as his defence has been devastated with injury problems this term.
The Argentine left-back who was bought from Sporting Lisbon for £16m in 2014 was once again injured during a midweek training session as he dislocated the same shoulder that was damaged against Manchester City last season.
On that occasion, last term the 25-year-old defender didn’t have surgery but still was out for one month. He needed oxygen to control the pain when stretchered off during the derby at Old Trafford last year. The severity of the injury this time is still not clear but it could be several weeks as the initial scan predicts.
Rojo’s absence right now leaves United manager short of options at the defence as Luke Shaw a long-term problem following a double leg break during the match against PSV Eindhoven back in September.
The situation became more serious when makeshift right-back Antonio Valencia found himself sidelined after undergoing a critical surgery on his foot.
However, Rojo was not at all Van Gaal’s first choice at the start of the season after left out from the pre-season tour to the United States, and again annoyed his manager in September by failing to inform the medical staffs that he had a tweaked hamstring during the 3-2 win over Southampton; but has eventually impressed the Dutchman at left-back position in recent weeks.
While United hosting West Ham tomorrow, the Argentine’s injury may sift Daley Blind from the centre of defence to the left side and van Gaal could be left with no other choice but to enter the transfer market for a full fit defender in the winter.
Tomorrow’s West Ham match is the first of six exciting games in December days. Three days later an away fixture against Wolfsburg in Champions League, the most important test of van Gaal’s managerial reign at Old Trafford till now.
It is surely one of the most intense periods of this campaign; the two above mentioned matches are followed by league clashes at Bournemouth and at home against Norwich, ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Stoke City which precedes the last game of this year with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
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