Rojo returns to Manchester United training

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The centre-back dislocated his shoulder during the recent derby loss to Manchester City, with a six-week absence expected, but could now return for the trip to Southampton
Marcos Rojo returned to training for Manchester United on Tuesday, Goal understands.

The centre-back dislocated his shoulder during the defeat to cross-city rivals Manchester City on November 2, requiring oxygen as he was stretchered from the field.

Louis van Gaal stated that he hoped to be able to call upon his summer signing within six weeks, but Rojo is now hopeful he could be back inside a fortnight, potentially in time for the trip to high-flying Southampton on December 8.

Rojo’s progress will come as a relief to Van Gaal who has struggled with the fitness of his defenders all season, with Antonio Valencia deployed at right-back during the recent 2-1 win over Arsenal – a game which also saw left-back Luke Shaw limp off.

Youngsters Tyler Blackett and Patrick McNair have been drafted into the first team, while Michael Carrick has also been deployed as cover following his own return from injury.

Rojo joined United from Sporting in a deal worth £16 million in August, with winger Nani moving to the Portuguese club on a season-long loan in return.

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