Van Gaal confirms Rojo doesn’t need surgery and could return within six weeks

by Sam Peoples

Marcos Rojo will be sidelined for approximately six weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Manchester City.

Louis van Gaal confirmed the news to reporters at this afternoon’s press conference ahead of the Crystal Palace game this weekend and it leaves him without one of his first-choice centre-backs for some of the busy festive period.

The good news is that Rojo doesn’t have to undergo surgery which means the worst case scenario has been avoided.

“Marcos dislocated his shoulder but did it in a positive way,” Van Gaal said.

“We don’t need to operate on him. It’s a relief but maybe, with this injury, it is very difficult to prevent it from happening again. That is the problem.

“He saw a specialist yesterday evening who said the conservative way to heal it is best. For him, it was positive.

“Always with these injuries, I cannot change that. The human body has been made by God – not by me. Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”

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