Rojo boost for Reds

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­THONY JEPSON

MAR­COS Rojo will take a ma­jor step to­wards a re­turn to United first-team ac­tion in the club’s re­serve team game tonight.

United will face Ath­letic Club in the Pre­mier League In­ter­na­tional Cup at Leigh Sports Vil­lage – and the Ar­gen­tine de­fender has con­firmed he will fea­ture.

If all goes well, he is aim­ing to turn out for Jose Mour­inho’s side in their fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League group game against CSKA Moscow next month.

Rojo has been out since April af­ter dam­ag­ing his cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in the Europa League win over An­der­lecht.

He will play some part against the Bil­bao club and, with the Manch­ester derby on De­cem­ber 10 – just five days af­ter the CSKA game – he has a clear in­cen­tive.

Rojo said yes­ter­day: “To­mor­row I am go­ing to play a match with the re­serves in a friendly match.

“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 and if all goes well to­mor­row I could play in that.”

Mean­while, Jose Mour­inho is hope­ful Phil Jones will be fit for United’s clash with New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

The de­fender suf­fered a thigh in­jury dur­ing Eng­land’s 0-0 draw with Ger­many on Fri­day and was sent back to Manch­ester for treat­ment over the week­end. But it is be­lieved the prob­lem is not a se­ri­ous one – and af­ter a week’s re­cu­per­a­tion the hope is he will be back at the heart of Mour­inho’s de­fence against Rafa Ben­itez’s side.

United special: Pages 53-55

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