Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United and England attacker, will be absent for about a month after undergoing shoulder surgery later this month.
During the Three Lions’ march to the Euro 2020 final, the 23-year-old made five substitute appearances, hitting the post from the spot in Sunday’s penalty shootout loss to Italy.
Rashford, who has received a outpouring of support in the wake of some heinous abuse, is due to undergo surgery to correct a long-standing shoulder issue.
The striker had hoped to have the operation done right after the Euros, but due to a shortage of surgeons, it would have to wait until later in July.
Rashford might return to training within five weeks of surgery, but a return to play would take roughly 12 weeks, ruling him out until October.
The Premier League season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team begins on August 14 at home against Leeds, while England has five World Cup qualifiers during the time Rashford might be unavailable.
Last month, the United academy graduate confessed that a shoulder injury was one of the physical concerns that limited his form in the second half of the 2020/21 season.
Marcus Rashford was named at England’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad (PA Wire) three weeks ago. “Clearly, I am not performing at my best and what I know I can perform to,” Rashford added.
“Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter because it has been going on since the beginning of the season.”
I was able to complete the season with United.
“I believe I was involved in 36 goals, so I can’t look back on the year and say,’mmm, I should have taken time off to do this and that.'”
That is simply not how I see things.
Marcus Rashford started Manchester United’s Europa League final penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in May (PA Wire). When asked if there is a physical explanation, he replied on England duty: “I don’t believe that’s a secret, to be honest with you.”
“I believe it’s quite well known, and getting to where I am today was a major goal of mine at the start of the season.”
“So, as I said, I’m happy, and I’m psychologically and physically prepared for the games.”