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Manchester United injury crisis deepens after defender dislocates shoulder

Manchester United star Marcos Rojo has been added to a growing list of injured defenders at the club after dislocating his shoulder in midweek.

According to Sky Sports, the Argentinian international suffered the setback on Wednesday, and adds to boss Louis van Gaal’s growing problems in his backline.

Rojo was hurt during a training session, and it has since been confirmed that he has injured the same shoulder that he damaged against Manchester City last season.

Although no timeframe has been put on his recovery as of yet, the former Sporting Lisbon star was sidelined for four weeks last year, and could be facing a similar spell in the treatment room or perhaps even longer if he requires surgery.

The 25-year-old is the latest star name to be ruled out for a significant period, joining Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia who are both expected to be out of action for a few months as they continue their rehabilitation from a broken leg and foot surgery respectively.

As a result, Rojo’s issue will force Van Gaal into a reshuffle which will likely see Daley Blind moved to left-back with another central defender replacing him in the heart of the United defence alongside Chris Smalling.

Given their lack of goals this season, Van Gaal will be desperate to ensure that his side keep the same level of solidity at the back that they have showed so far. If their injury problems threaten to disrupt that balance, then it could spell trouble for the Dutch tactician who has come under heavy criticism for the style of play he has instilled in the team, as reported by The Telegraph.

Nevertheless, United sit just a point adrift of joint league leaders Manchester City and Leicester City ahead of facing West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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