Manchester United received a heavy blow with Marcus Rashford deciding he needed surgery on a shoulder injury.
The forward, who suffered racist abuse after his missed penalty kick in England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy on Sunday, may not be available for United until the end of October.
Rashford, 23, was hampered by a torn shoulder muscles last season and was selected for the European squad despite not being 100% fit. He had a CT scan on Tuesday and it was decided that surgery was the only option. However, it is understood that the operation will not take place for a few weeks. He’s likely to be out for 12 weeks, but he has an outside chance of returning for United’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Old Trafford on 23 October.
The news is yet another blow to Rashford who has endured a tough 48 hours since the final defeat of Euro 2020. He, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have been the target of racial abuse online after missing penalties in the match. defeat in shootout. Rashford’s mural in Withington, Manchester, has also been vandalized but has since been covered with messages of support from the community.
On Monday, Rashford released a statement saying sorry for his miss but said he “will never apologize for who I am”. He added: “I had a difficult season, I think it’s clear to everyone and I probably went into this final with a lack of confidence.”
Sancho, meanwhile, is set to seal his £ 73million move from Borussia Dortmund to United after completing his medical.