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United receive defensive boost

Marcos RojoMarcos Rojo could be set for shorter spell on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder than originally thought,  after the his father reportedly told an Argentinian TV his son would miss only two or three games.

On Monday, United seemed concerned that the Argentine could miss up to six weeks, with reports suggesting the centre-back could be out until January, but Rojo’s father told Argentine TV station that the injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared.

“It is not too severe. He will miss two or three games,” Rojo’s dad said.

United face Crystal Palace at home on Saturday before the international break, when Argentina play Croatia at Upton Park on 11 November and Portugal at Old Trafford seven days later and Rojo’s father ruled his son out of both matches.

However, if his dad’s prediction is correct, Rojo could be in line to return for United’s trip to Arsenal on 22 November.

As far as United’s short term future is concerned, however, Louis Van Gaal could be forced to play youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair against Crystal Palace, while Antonio Valencia looks set to continue at right-back, as Chris Smalling is suspended, Phil Jones and Rafael are injured and Jonny Evans has only just started training after a lengthy lay-off.