Marcos Rojo

Rojo back in training

Friday 31 August 2018 13:00

Jose Mourinho has confirmed to MUTV that Marcos Rojo has resumed training with Manchester United, while Sergio Romero and Diogo Dalot will play for the club's Under-23 team at Old Trafford tonight (Friday).

The Under-23s clash against Stoke City at Old Trafford, which kicks off at 19:00 BST and is live on MUTV, will represent a first appearance in a United shirt for summer signing Dalot, after the defender recovered from a knee injury sustained at his former club FC Porto.

Argentinian goalkeeper Romero hasn’t played for the Reds since the 1-0 win over Watford on the final day of last season and he missed the World Cup in Russia due to a knee problem.

Fellow countryman Rojo played in the summer tournament but he didn’t play for United in pre-season after picking up an injury while on international duty.

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Meanwhile, the boss also confirmed to MUTV’s Stewart Gardner on Friday that Phil Jones is ruled out of Sunday's Premier League game against Burnley, after being substituted in Monday’s defeat by Tottenham with what appeared to be a hamstring issue.

“Jones is injured, as you can imagine,” the boss said, ahead of the trip to Turf Moor. “Dalot and Romero will play tonight at Old Trafford in an Under-23s match, which is a first match for them after knee surgeries and they need that a little bit but it's good news for them because after that it's the international break and then, after that, they'll be in a real condition to play.

“Marcos Rojo started training with the team a couple of days ago. He's not ready for this match but he is training with the team."

The United squad was also bolstered by the return of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sanchez against Spurs after their recent absences.


The hosts could be without five players – including two former Reds – for Sunday’s game. Ex-United stars Anders Lindegaard and Robbie Brady look set to miss out with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.

Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope faces a long spell on the treatment table with a shoulder injury, while key midfielders Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) and Steven Defour (calf) are expected to be sidelined again.

After his red card in the first leg, record signing Ben Gibson sat out Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Greek side Olympiacos in the Europa League play-off second leg, which resulted in a 4-2 defeat on aggregate, so the former Middlesbrough defender could be in line to face the Reds.

If he plays, Ben Mee will make his 100th career appearance in the Premier League.

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Burnley v United kicks off at 16:00 BST on Sunday. You can follow live build-up from 14:30 BST on MUTV, and the new Manchester United Official App, which is available to download now for free from Google Play and Apple's App Store.