Games are coming thick and fast for Manchester United at this point in the season, with Jose Mourinho preparing his players for a potentially tricky game against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
Ahead of that match, the self-proclaimed Special One met the media to discuss injury issues. The main topic was Marcos Rojo, who suffered a nasty-looking head injury during the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Mourinho applauded Rojo’s bravery, but remained tight-lipped about whether the Argentine would be available for the match against The Cherries. The boss did add that there are other alternatives if he cannot play, including Phil Jones.
“He’s a brave guy. I don’t know how he is – let’s see if he can be ready for the match. But if he’s not ready, we have other alternatives to play.” Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“Phil Jones was already on the bench at the weekend. The injury is behind him and hopefully he can stay fit for the rest of the games.”
We have to be impressed with Rojo’s attitude and commitment to get back from such a serious injury so quickly. He was always going to have to be eased in, and perhaps this head injury may do him a favour, because he won’t want the fatigue to build up in his body.
Last term, he was comfortably up there amongst our best players, and once he’s back to 100% I’m sure he’ll be hitting those heights again. We just need to remain patient with him and allow Rojo to settle back into proceedings.