Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Wednesday that young up-and-comer Marcus Rashford could miss the rest of the 2019-20 season after he suffered a stress fracture to his back last month. The manager said in a press conference that “It’ll be touch and go” for the next several weeks and that he “was hoping that (Marcus) would recover quicker than it actually looks like he will.”
The 22-year-old initially sustained his injury in mid-January during an FA Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. And while many understood Rashford would miss some time due to the severity of the knock, it appears that his recovery will last even longer than initially thought. The main concern moving forward is whether or not he will be available to play with the English National Team during the 2020 Euros in June.
Rashford was tapped to be one of England’s most important players going into the continent’s most important competition. In only 38 appearances for his country, the Manchester-area native has scored 10 goals including three in Euro 2020 qualifying matches. Additionally, Rashford has been even more impressive at the club level this season, as he’s already bagged 14 goals in only 22 league contests.
Compounding to this dire situation is the fact that United fans may have seen the last of world-class midfielder Paul Pogba, who after injuring his ankle before the new year has reportedly worked with his agent to make a move to Italian club Juventus over the summer.
The only potential saving grace to all this is that this should allow Solskjaer to further experiment with his lineup, particularly with both 18-year-old goalscoring machine Mason Greenwood, who has elated fans this year with 10 goals in all competitions so far as well as new signing Bruno Fernandes, who many believe has perfectly fit into the club.
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