Manchester United Football Club has a huge opportunity to take command of their Champions League group on Wednesday night.
Jose Mourinho takes his side to Portugal, to take on SL Benfica in an all-important game. Ahead of that match, we learned that Marcos Rojo has travelled to Lisbon with the rest of the squad.
Now, the self-proclaimed Special One has explained why the Argentina international was aboard the plane, before discussing when we should expect him back in action.
“Rojo is not coming to play but he is coming with the team to train today with the group. Tomorrow, individually, but he’s coming [back].” Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“I would say, probably in two weeks, Marcos is ready to play. There is no Bailly – he was injured in the national team.”
It’s hugely positive that the 27-year-old is travelling. The trip will only spur him on and reignite that fire in his belly. This is a footballer who just wants to play the beautiful game.
Mourinho suggested that he’ll be back ready to go in around two weeks. Whether or not that’s with the U23s or the first-team remains to be seen, but it’s good that he’s not far away from stepping up his recovery from injury.
He hasn’t played since April, which is a hell of a long time to be without football. It’s a shame because Rojo was one of our top performers last term and things are always much tougher without your best players. The sooner he’s back, the better. Hopefully, he’ll be fully fit before the hectic Christmas period.