Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that defender Marcos Rojo has dislocated his shoulder as a result of a nasty collision during his side's 1-0 derby defeat at Manchester City.
The 24-year-old versatile defender has been an ever-present figure in United’s side since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in the summer for a reported £16 million fee.
Whether at left-back or in the middle, the Argentine international has been one of the Red Devils’ most consistent performers of the season and his expected layoff is yet another blow to the club.
In the midst of an already overload of injuries, Rojo was stretched off at the Etihad stadium in the 56th minute after coming out worse on a challenge with fellow Argentine compatriot Martin Demichelis.
He was replaced by rookie Patrick McNair, and it didn’t take long for City to take advantage of Rojo’s absence as Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Van Gaal confirms that Rojo has dislocated his shoulder and predicts that he won’t be available to face Crystal Palace next week.
Rojo has started seven Premier League games for United since joining the club, and averages 2.4 tackles per game and 3.3 interceptions.
His absence will be a big blow for United, and Smalling’s dismissal will leave United’s very short at the back for the visit of Palace next Saturday.