Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo feared he had suffered another injury setback following his return to the first-team against Arsenal.
Rojo, 25, suffered a dislocated shoulder in late November, ruling him out of action for three months. After returning from the bench in the 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland, the Argentina international started just his 11th game of the season against the Gunners on Sunday 27 February but was forced off in the second-half following a challenge with Danny Welbeck.
"When it happened I was concerned that it could be a more serious injury than it turned out to be, but I thought it would be better to come off at that point to be replaced by a player who was at full fitness and save aggravating the injury," Rojo told MUTV. "Thankfully it turned out just to be a knock, but it was safer for me to come off as the team come first."
Rojo was replaced by teenage debutant Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the 3-2 win over Arsenal but returned to Louis van Gaal's first team in the win over Watford on Wednesday 3 March. Despite the minor setback, Rojo is now hopeful of seeing out the remainder of the season unscathed.
"[Despite coming off] I feel that the Arsenal game did me a lot of good and I got my rhythm back. After three months out with injury it wasn't easy to come back and it's not something that should be rushed. It has to be done match-by-match. My goal is obviously to achieve full fitness again and play a full 90 minutes."
United travel to West Brom on Sunday hoping to keep their top four aspirations alive. Victory will see them move level on points with fourth placed Manchester City and just two behind Arsenal in third.