Rojo comes through 45-minute return for Man Utd

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The Argentine defender was back in competitive action for the first time in 209 days for United's under-23s before being replaced at half-time

Marcos Rojo has made his competitive return to action seven months on from ACL damage, playing 45 minutes for Manchester United’s Under-23s on Wednesday night.

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The Argentine defender played the first half of United’s Premier League International Cup clash with Athletic Bilbao in Leigh before being replaced at the break by Tyrell Warren.

Rojo was playing for the first time since being stretchered off in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht on April 20, the same game in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustained an identical injury which has prohibited the striker from playing since.

The centre-back moved freely throughout his 45-minute cameo at the Leigh Sports Village, and even came close to finding the net when heading just over from a set piece shortly before half-time.

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It is likely that Rojo will be play at least once more for the under-23s in the next couple of weeks, with the former Sporting Lisbon man expected to target the clash with CSKA Moscow on December 5 for his first-team return.

Rojo was a regular pick last season before his injury, playing 41 times for United after cementing his spot at the heart of the defence in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge.