Manchester United handed timely injury boost ahead of Everton clash as Marcos Rojo returns to the fold

Manchester United have been handed a timely injury boost ahead of a trip to Everton after the international break.

Marcos Rojo, who has been absent for the last four games with a hamstring problem, could return to the side for a trip to Goodison Park on October 17.

The Argentina international has missed games against Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Wolfsburg and Arsenal and was withdrawn from his national team's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay.

Rojo's withdrawal from the Argentina squad has been made with the idea of building up his fitness at United's Carrington training base over the next week, as he bids to declare himself ready for action against Everton.

Louis van Gaal made a personal call to Argentina boss Gerardo Martino in an attempt to secure his release from the South American nation's squad, and the Dutchman will be delighted that his request was granted by the former Barcelona coach.

The problem was initially thought to be a tear of the hamstring, but further diagnosis has revealed that it is more of a strain and the versatile former Sporting defender could be back in time for the visit to Roberto Martinez's, according to the Manchester Evening News.

A statement released by the Argentinian FA read: "Marcos Rojo will not be part of the squad for the qualifying debut against Ecuador and Paraguay, as he is in the final phase of recovery from a grade 1 injury in his right hamstring.

"Louis Van Gaal, the Manchester United coach, was in touch yesterday afternoon with Argentina coach Gerardo Martino to explain to him the convenience of the defender finishing his recovery in the club.

"The situation was understood by the Albiceleste trainer, who will hope to have Rojo in top condition for the second qualifying double-header against Brazil and Colombia, in November."

Rojo has made just two appearances so far this term and is yet to complete 90 minutes for the Red Devils, but his return will be a timely boost for Van Gaal's side who were well beaten by Arsenal last Sunday.

Three goals inside the first 19 minutes saw a rampant Arsenal hammer the Red Devils at the Emirates, and while Rojo is unlikely to be thrown straight back into the starting lineup, Van Gaal will be pleased to have the left-sided defender back in his squad as he contemplates changes after the defeat in North London.

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