It’s been a tough few weeks for Marcos Rojo.
The Manchester United defender has been out of action since suffering an injury while playing for Argentina at the World Cup.
It’s forced him to miss the start of the new Premier League season.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a new defender in the transfer window but his wishes weren’t met.
It’s left the Man United coach short of options, and he was eager for Rojo to return.
The Red Devils shipped seven goals in their opening three matches, which isn’t the form of a team that hopes to compete for the Premier League title.
Thankfully, Rojo’s status has improved and he played for Man United’s Under-23s against Reading on Friday evening.
Mourinho admitted before the match, which finished 1-1, that he expected Rojo to last the entire match.
"Diogo Dalot and Rojo play tonight with Under-23s and if they play 90 minutes like we expect, it will be the end of their recovery process and we will consider them ready to be back next week for full competition,” the Portuguese coach said.
But, annoyingly for Mourinho, Rojo didn’t even last an hour.
The Argentinian defender played 53 minutes before he limped off at Old Trafford.
Rojo headed straight down the tunnel with a United doctor. It doesn’t look good for his return to the senior squad.
Man United will be hoping that Rojo hasn’t suffered a setback in his recovery.
Mourinho seemingly hasn’t decided on his preferred centre-back pairing, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even Ander Herrera seeing action in defence this season.
Rojo isn’t the answer to his problems - United need to spend big on a new defender, just like Manchester City and Liverpool have done - but he’s an extra option with the club competing on four fronts.