Marcos Rojo is due to stand trial for allegedly attacking a neighbour in 2010…
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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo could face prison, if he is convicted of an alleged bottle attack on a neighbour in 2010, with prosecutors keen for the 24-year-old to stand trial in Argentina.
Reports in the Daily Mirror explain that Rojo, who signed for United in a £16m move from Sporting Lisbon earlier this week, could face anything from a year in jail to probation if he is found guilty.
The flash-point came in La Plata, Buenos Aires when the defender was celebrating a move to Spartak Moscow from Estudiantes in November 2010 – a move that ironically proved fruitless, with Rojo making just eight league appearances before making the switch to Portugal.
The source continues to explain that Rojo had an argument with neighbour Juan Pablo Gomez, who was struck with a bottle which broke. A medical examination stated that injuries had been caused to the victim’s “face, body and forearm”.
Rojo was formally accused in October 2012 and re-accused in May this year, with Prosecutor Marcelo Romero waiting to hear from Rojo’s lawyers how the player will plead.
The defender penned a five-year deal at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but is currently waiting for his work permit – an issue that has ruled him out of this weekend’s game with Sunderland. Manchester United last night declined to comment on the matter.