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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was forced off early with an unspecified injury during his side’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht on Thursday evening.

The Argentina international was stretchered off midway through the first period at Old Trafford, although the Red Devils gave no further information as to what was ailing their centre-back:


Rojo has enjoyed a resurgence under manager Jose Mourinho this season, having previously settled into a fringe role in Manchester following his 2014 arrival at the club.

The Times‘ Duncan Castles reacted to Thursday’s setback by outlining Rojo’s transformation at Old Trafford this season, going from just a squad member to a highly valued component for the English powerhouse:


It was during Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling’s injury absences earlier this season that Rojo first shot to prominence, dazzling alongside Phil Jones and forming a solid alternative back-line pairing.

Blogger Liam Canning didn’t pull any punches when illustrating just how grievous the injury was for United’s campaign hopes, particularly with Smalling and Jones already on the sidelines:


In spite of his initial struggles in the English top flight, the former Sporting Lisbon defender has begun to more consistently demonstrate the kind of form that saw him attract United’s attention after the 2014 World Cup.

His versatility will also be a major loss considering Rojo can function in central defence or at left-back, with a greater pressure to perform likely to fall on Daley Blind’s shoulders during his spell on the sidelines.

 

For more news, rumours and related stories about Marcos Rojo, Manchester United and the Europa League, check out the Europa League and Manchester United streams on Bleacher Report’s app.



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