Marcos Rojo has angered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after failing to reveal the extent of the injury he suffered against Southampton on Sunday.
The Argentina international was replaced by Paddy McNair in the 69th minute at St Mary’s, but was expected to be fit for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup third round clash against Ipswich Town.
However, Rojo has been ruled out of Manchester United’s next fixture, leaving Van Gaal short of options in defence.
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“Marcos Rojo is not ready to play. It's not so nice that we have three defenders injured (Rojo, Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair),” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I thought we were right on time for Rojo because we changed him in the game and he didn't warn us he was injured - but he has a hamstring injury.”
The Mail claim Van Gaal is “infuriated” by Rojo’s failure to reveal the true extent of his hamstring injury - and there are now fresh concerns that the two men could be on the brink of another fall-out.
Van Gaal must keep the peace with Rojo
Van Gaal fined Rojo in the summer after his failure to report to pre-season training on time due to a passport issue.
The South American left-back was due to link up with his Manchester United teammates in the United States following his participation in the Copa America, but he received a hefty fine after failing to renew his passport.
Towards the end of the summer transfer window, it looked as if Rojo would be on his way out of Old Trafford - but a transfer elsewhere failed to materialise.
The recent injury to Luke Shaw, however, means Van Gaal needs Rojo at his disposal.
The 25-year-old is capable of playing at either centre-back or left-back, so it will benefit both Manchester United and Van Gaal if the Dutch coach can keep the peace with the versatile defender for the time being.
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