Marcos Rojo will step up his recovery from injury by playing for Manchester United’s reserves on Wednesday and hopes to make himself available for the Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow next month.
Argentina international Rojo has been sidelined since April after suffering a cruciate ligament injury during the Europa League clash against Anderlecht.
After numerous setbacks, the 27-year-old is now closing in on a long-awaited return and has confirmed he will feature in the International Cup match between United and Athletic Club on Wednesday evening.
‘Tomorrow I am going to play a match with the reserves in a friendly match,’ Rojo, who joined United in 2014, told the Daily Mail.
‘I feel good. Up until now I have not had any problems but training is not the same as a match so I will play 45 minutes tomorrow for the reserves.
‘In three weeks we have a Champions League game that and if all goes well tomorrow I could play in that.’
Rojo’s statement suggests he will miss United’s next five games against Newcastle, Basel, Brighton, Watford and Arsenal as he aims to return against CSKA.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Newcastle United (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Basel (A) – Wed 22 Nov (Champions League)
Brighton (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Watford (A) – Tue 28 Nov
Arsenal (A) – Sat Dec 2
CSKA Moscow (H) – Tues Dec 5 (Champions League)
Manchester City (H) – Sun Dec 10
West Bromwich Albion (A) – Sun Dec 17
Bristol City (A) – Wed Dec 20 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (A) – Sat Dec 23
Burnley (H) – Tues Dec 26
Southampton (H) – Sat Dec 30
Five days after the Champions League clash, Jose Mourinho’s side face Manchester rivals City at Old Trafford.
Ahead of this weekend’s action, the Red Devils are eight points adrift of league leaders City, who are yet to lose a game during the 2017-18 campaign.