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United signing Rojo granted work permit

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Marco Rojo will be eligible to make his debut for Manchester United against QPR next weekend © Getty Images
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Manchester United's recent signing Marcos Rojo has finally been granted a work permit to play in England.

The Argentina international is now available to make his debut for United in their next game, against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, September 14.

Rojo, 24, joined United from Sporting Lisbon for £16 million on August 20 but was ineligible for their games against Sunderland, MK Dons and Burnley while he waited for a British work permit.

Rojo had to leave the United Kingdom to go to the British embassy in Madrid but now the Border Agency has ruled he can have a visa.

A statement on United's official website said Rojo had qualified for a work permit automatically "by virtue of having played in more than 75% of Argentina's competitive internationals over the last two years."

The defender was forced to wait after his Argentina teammate Angel Di Maria, who joined United after him, played at Burnley.

Former Real Madrid star Di Maria possesses an Italian passport as one of his grandparents is from Italy, which made it easier for him to move to a British club.

Rojo's availability means United could give as many as four of their summer signings debuts against QPR.

Deadline-day recruits Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind ought to be in contention while United are waiting to see if Luke Shaw, who has been sidelined with injury, recovers from his hamstring problem in time to feature.

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