Marcus Rashford WILL undergo surgery on injured shoulder next week when he returns from summer break after talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… but Man United striker is confident of being back before end of October
- Marcus Rashford is set to go under the knife next week on his shoulder injury
- The 23-year-old will subsequently be out of action for 12 weeks as he recovers
- United are, however, confident that Rashford will return to action in October
Marcus Rashford will have shoulder surgery next week that will keep the Manchester United striker out of action for up to three months.
Rashford is optimistic he will play again before the end of October but could miss United’s first 11 games of the season in the Premier League and Champions League as well as England next five World Cup qualifiers.
The decision to have an operation was made following talks between Rashford and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this week before the player was due to report for pre-season training on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford is set to go under the knife next week on a longstanding shoulder injury
The decision to have an operation was made following talks between Rashford and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) this week
The 23-year-old striker was strongly in favour of surgery after struggling since November with a muscle tear in his left shoulder.
United were hoping that a three-week break after Euro 2020 would ease the problem, but Rashford returned from a holiday with the club’s new £73million signing Jadon Sancho and friends in the Turks and Caicos Islands feeling that an operation was still the best course of action.
Rashford had a scan on the shoulder in Liverpool a fortnight ago which revealed that the muscle tear is unlikely to get any worse. However, he wanted the problem cured once and for all after requiring painkilling injections to play last season.
As a result, the club released a statement saying: ‘Following consultation between Marcus, The Manager, Club Medical staff & Specialists, Marcus will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury. He will now focus on his rehabilitation in order to return as soon as possible.’
United were hoping that a three-week break after Euro 2020 would ease the problem
However, he returned from a holiday feeling an operation was still the best course of action
Nevertheless, Rashford is determined to recover peak fitness for United and also for England ahead of next year’s World Cup, having spent just 84 minutes on the pitch as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the final of Euro 2020.
Losing such a key player is a big blow for United but Sancho’s signing has significantly strengthened their attacking options, and Mason Greenwood is fresh for the new season after pulling out of the Euro 2020 squad.
The news could also impact Dan James’s situation at Old Trafford with United now less likely to let the Wales winger go out on loan. James is again attracting interest from Leeds but would prefer to stay and fight for a place at United.
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