Marcos Rojo has been been withdrawn from the Argentina squad for their upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay. Gerardo Martino called the Manchester United defender up to his 26-man squad despite him not playing a match since suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory over Southampton on 20 September.
Louis van Gaal voiced then his anger at Rojo after the incident, saying the Argentinian had not let the medical staff know about his injury quickly enough. With Luke Shaw out for much of the season with a double broken leg, this leaves the Red Devils without a proven left-back.
Rojo has so far missed the games against Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Wolfsburg and Arsenal. Van Gaal has played both Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young out of position in his absence, with neither covering themselves in glory in the role.
TYC Sport reported that Van Gaal had refused to let Rojo join up with his national side, as if he is unfit for club football he should be unfit for international football as well.
Rojo has clarified the position, though, retweeting journalist @ManuOlivari ,who said: "Rojo has not felt out with Van Gaal. The defender spoke with both Martino and Van Gaal and then agreed [to be withdrawn from the national team]."
The same journalist later confirmed that Argentina have withdrawn the player from international duty in order to let him complete his recovery in Manchester.
The Mirror recently reported that Rojo could be moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the January window, with the ramifications from the injury and the national team call-up causing unrepairable damage to his relationship with LVG.
Rojo, however, later retweeted another journalist to deny that.
"Marcos Rojo did not recover from his injury and is therefore out of the Argentina squad. Clarification? He has no problem with Van Gaal and neither is looking for another club".