Marcos Rojo has been seen with the first team squad as he steps up his recovery process after undergoing surgery in April.
The Argentine, who had been a reliable stalwart alongside Eric Bailly since November, damaged his knee ligaments during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht in April and won’t return to action until 2018.
He has travelled with the squad to Los Angeles and will train separately from the first team as he continues to strengthen his leg before going back to ball work.
But despite his separation from the squad, Rojo has been seen alongside his teammates in good spirits as they prepare for their clash with LA Galaxy.
Only time will tell how much Rojo’s absence will impact on the early stages of Man United’s 2017/18 campaign. Mourinho’s men just about managed to scrape their way through to the Europa League final but looked decidedly beleaguered at times with the Argentine absent.
The 27-year-old’s injury received less reception than that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the former’s was, in a way, more heartbreaking: he had discovered his defensive zeal and was looking irreplaceable. Supporters will just hope that Rojo can pick up from where he left off upon his return to action.