Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned that Marcos Rojo may be out of action until January next year as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.

The defender ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments in April and has been recovering since he had surgery in May.

At the same time Mourinho said that Luke Shaw and Ashely Young will also be missing the start of the new Premier League season next month.

Speaking ahead of the team’s game against Real Madrid Mourinho said, “No chance [of those players being ready] for the beginning of the Premier League. Luke is the first one to recover. Marcos will be the last one and Ashley in between. So I would say Shaw will return in September, Young in October, Marcos in December or even January.”

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However, he said that it is important for the players to be with the team on tour in the US to help with team building rather than staying alone in Manchester.

Following their victory over Real Madrid, Mourinho said that he was worried about Ander Herrera after he was taken off during the match.

He had come on at half time but only lasted for a short while before he hobbled off clutching his hip or waist. Mourinho said that it could be a rib injury and added that it looked “very painful”.

“I want to wait and see what it is. “It must at least be very painful for Ander to come off,” he said.

“I always say to the players that you don’t risk anything in friendly matches. If you feel something is coming, even if it is a little injury, get off because the result is not important. It was in front of the bench, it was a bad contact. Maybe it is his ribs but I don’t know.”