Man Utd defender Rojo facing six weeks out

Manchester United will be without defender Marcos Rojo for up to six weeks as a result of the dislocated shoulder he suffered during the recent Manchester derby, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentina international was carried off on a stretcher after falling awkwardly while making an attempted tackle during the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, representing another blow to United, who are set to be without all of their senior central defenders when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Signed from Sporting Lisbon in the summer for £16m, Rojo has made seven appearances for Man Utd. He mainly plays as a left-back, but has been forced to play in the centre since the end of September due to the absence of Phil Jones and Jonathan Evans, while Tyler Blackett has also had to serve a suspension in that time.

On Friday, manager Louis van Gaal revealed that Rojo would not require surgery, but confirmed he will be unavailable until the festive period, saying: “We don’t need to operate on Marcos, which is a relief. But with this injury it is very difficult that it shall not happen again. And that is the problem.

“We have always a risk that it happens again. Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”

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