Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo says he has set his sights on a return from injury early on in 2015 - and has admitted it's been frustrating watching his team play from the sidelines.
The Argentinian international has managed 10 Premier League starts so far this season, but has missed almost the same amount again thanks to injury. He suffered a dislocated shoulder against Manchester City which kept him out for almost four weeks, while has not played since the 2-1 victory against Southampton on December 8.
Rojo says he has been frustrated to miss so many games since signing for Manchester United in a deal worth around £16 million in the summer, but has revealed that he is ready to return to action after the game against Stoke on New Year's Day.
"Certainly there are a lot of games coming quickly, one after another," he told the official Manchester United website. "That’s what I want, to get fit as quickly as possible so I can lend a hand to the team.
"The manager is going to want as many players as possible for this busy period. It’s an important part of the season with so many games in quick succession."
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After taking on Stoke, Manchester United face Yoevil Town in the FA Cup before going up against Southampton, QPR and Leicester in the Premier League. Rojo, who starred for his country at the World Cup in Brazil over the summer, says he is itching to get back and help out the Red Devils in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
"It [injury] is something you never want to go through. You always want to be out there playing on the field, helping your team-mates.
"I’ve had the misfortune to get injured recently and I really don’t like it. It’s terrible to miss training and be out of the team. I just hope I can regain my full fitness quickly and it doesn’t happen again, as it’s never good being injured."