Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that defender Marcos Rojo could be absent through injury until January next year.
The Argentine international ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments in April and underwent surgery in May.
Along with Rojo, Mourinho confirmed that both Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will not be ready for the start of the Premier League season.
The boss gave an update on his injured players, saying he expects Shaw back in September, Young in October and Rojo in December or January.
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“No chance [of those players being ready] for the beginning of the Premier League,” the Portuguese coach said, quoted by Sky Sports.
“Luke is the first one to recover. Marcos will be the last one and Ashley in between. So I would say Shaw will return in September, Young in October, Marcos in December or even January.
“But it’s good for them to be with us and recover with the group [on the US tour], and I have to say the group is really strong. It’s important for them to be with us and not alone in Manchester.”
United will play Champions League winners Real Madrid in their next pre-season outing in Santa Clara, California, and Mourinho is looking to give some of the club’s youngsters some game time.
“Tomorrow is a test but I prefer to say experience for us as a team and for players who didn’t play much in the last match, like Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Matteo Darmian, Demetri Mitchell,” he said.
“I keep saying that we cannot have better training sessions than to play against best teams but for me more important than results is the work, the minutes to every player and to try different things.”