Jose Mourinho issued an injury update on Marcos Rojo following Manchester United’s first leg 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup, expressing doubts over whether the 26-year-old would be available for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
The Argentine, who has morphed into a mainstay in the starting XI alongside Phil Jones, limped off during Man United’s 4-0 win over Reading last weekend with what looked like a muscular problem.
It was later reported by Duncan Castles that Rojo’s injury was not, like first feared, related to a muscular tear, meaning that the defender would be available for the remainder of United’s January fixtures.
But Mourinho, speaking after the win over Hull (a game that Rojo missed), refused confirm whether the defender would be fit in time for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“I don’t know [if Rojo will be fit],” he said.
“Marcos has a muscular problem, not big. I’m not saying he’s not ready to play, I’m saying that I have my doubts.”
I never imagined actively worrying about whether Rojo would be fit for a crucial encounter with a big rival. 2017 is already shaping up to be a very strange year indeed.
Joking aside, United fans will indeed be desperate to see Rojo and Jones – who haven’t lost together as a defensive duo this season – feature from the start against Liverpool. Their no-nonsense robustness and efficiency has been a fundamental aspect of United’s nine-game winning run, and it needs to continue on Sunday.