Rashford could be set for a spell on the sidelines in order to attempt to fix his troublesome shoulder
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder following weeks of indecision over whether or not the procedure would be necessary.
The 23-year-old struggled with the injury throughout last season, and also played through the pain barrier for England at Euro 2020.
However, there had been some debate over whether or not he would need surgery, with his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stating last week that they were “still addressing that with the experts.”
But on Friday United released a statement which read: “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’s indecision may well have left some supporters frustrated, as an earlier operation would have seen Rashford missing less football.
As it stands, however, he looks set to be absent for the Red Devils’ first 11 games of the season as well as England’s next five World Cup qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has fired a warning to players returning from the Euros that they will miss the start of the Premier League season should they report back to training unfit.
Harry Maguire, Rashford, Luke Shaw and new signing Jadon Sancho are all set to return to training on Monday in preparation for the new campaign
Paul Pogba and Fred are also due back after an extended summer break following their involvement with France and Brazil respectively.
And Solskjaer has warned his returning stars they cannot expect to start the season opener on August 14 if their fitness is not up to requirements.
“With the boys who’ve not come back yet, I’ve not got a Scooby-Doo how they are fitness wise,” the United boss said.
“Everyone’s due in on Monday, they’ve got two weeks until the first game and that means it’s three weeks since their last game — Fred at the Copa America and the English finalists.
“So we’ll see how they are, what fitness levels they’re at, because it’s also down to what they’ve done during the holidays.
“I can’t just throw them in if they’re not fit enough.”
United will also be boosted by the expected return of Phil Jones, following his 18-month period on the sidelines.
Jones, 29, is set to begin training this weekend.
“Hopefully Phil can get training with us and then some game-time soon.
“He’s such a professional good, lad. It’s great to see him ready to train again,” said Solskjaer.