It’s another major injury blow for Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)
Marcos Rojo is reportedly set for around five months out injured in a further blow to Manchester United‘s hopes for the final few weeks of the season.
The Red Devils have lost a host of big names to major injuries in recent times, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata not expected to feature again, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also continue to struggle.
Rojo is one of United’s most improved players under the guidance of Jose Mourinho this season, but went off in the 23rd minute of yesterday’s win over Anderlecht in the Europa League.
Marcos Rojo could be out for five months (Picture: Getty)
Rojo left the field on a stretcher on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)
The Argentina international looks to have suffered a similar injury to team-mate Ibrahimovic, and is unlikely to play again until September, according to the Daily Record.
United are now short of defensive options for the closing stages of the season, with big games coming up in the Premier League and Europa League that could have huge repercussions for next season as well as this.
Manchester United fixtures
Burnley (A) – Sun 23 Apr
Man City (A) – Thu 27 April
Swansea (H) – Sun 30 April
Celta Vigo (A) – Thu 4 May
Arsenal (A) – Sun 7 May
Celta Vigo (H) – Thu 11 May
Tottenham (A) – Sun 14 May
Southampton (A) – Wed 17 May
Crystal Palace (H) – Sun 21 May
The team’s domestic struggles mean they face an uphill battle to finish in the top four, meaning winning the Europa League could be their best route to Champions League qualification.
However, with Daley Blind unconvincing as a centre-back this term, Mourinho has hinted he may have to call upon 19-year-old academy product Axel Tuanzebe due to his injury crisis at the back.
Rojo underwent medical examinations on Friday and was reportedly diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.