Marcos Rojo: Man Utd's £16m defender handed UK work visa

Marcos Rojo
Rojo played in Argentina's 4-2 win in Germany on Wednesday evening

Manchester United's £16m new signing Marcos Rojo has been given a working visa and is clear to make his debut against QPR on 14 September.

The Argentina defender, 24, joined United from Sporting Lisbon 16 days ago but is yet to appear for them.

Claims that he rowed with a neighbour in Argentina in 2010 and was facing a court case had held up the process.

But United tweeted on Thursdayexternal-link that Rojo has now secured the necessary paperwork and is free to make his bow.

Marcos Rojo
Rojo penned a five-year contract with United

The player's lawyer, Fernando Burlando, told the BBC in Argentina his client had been indicted and was awaiting trial amid allegations of an altercation with a neighbour in Buenos Aires.

He said they expected to "resolve" the issue before Rojo, who played in the World Cup final, entered a plea.

However, he added that if he were to be found guilty after a trial, the likelihood would be that he would be placed on probation and ordered to undertake community work, which would not have to be carried out in his homeland.

Rojo scores World Cup winner for Argentina

Since signing, Rojo has missed United's 1-1 draw at Sunderland, their 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, and a goalless draw at Burnley.

He flew to Madrid to speak to Spanish-speaking officials in a bid to push through the application.

United's tweet read: "The UK Border Agency has agreed to grant #mufc defender @MarcosRojo5 a visa and he will therefore be available to face QPR on 14 September."

The UK Border Agency was replaced by UK Visas and Immigrationexternal-link in 2013.