The injury suffered by Marcos Rojo during Manchester United's derby defeat against Manchester City may not be as bad as originally feared, according to his father.
The Argentine international was stretchered off and required oxygen after dislocating his shoulder while attempting to stop Martin Demichelis. Initial reports suggested that he could be out for as long as six months, although that estimate was later reduced to three.
Now however it appears as though the extent of his injury has been grossly exaggerated, with his father telling Argentinian television that he could be back before the end of the month. “It is not too severe. He will miss two or three games,” he told TN.
That would mean the defender would only miss games against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull rather than be ruled out until the new year.
The news will come as a major boost for Manchester United, who look severely short of options at the back. Chris Smalling will be suspended for the game against Crystal Palace after his red card against Manchester City, while Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rafael are all out through injury. That meant the likes of Paddy McNair, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia were forced to fill in during the derby clash.
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Van Gaal admitted after the game yesterday that he wasn't sure how long Rojo would be out for. he said: "The shoulder is out, so you never know how long that takes. I have to wait until tomorrow but he shall not play against Crystal Palace.
"We have injuries but we still have 11 players to play and they are very good players. I don't cry for that, but it is sometimes difficult to select the best team. I think I can manage that."
Manchester United currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League with 13 points from their first 10 games - their worst start to a season in 28 years.