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Rashford set for lengthy injury layoff following Euro 2020 heartbreak

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Marcus Rashford could miss the first two months of the season with Manchester United, with the striker reportedly set to undergo shoulder surgery. Rashford’s Euro 2020 came to a heartbreaking end when he missed his penalty in England’s shoot-out defeat against Italy at Wembley on Sunday – and that could be his last action for some time.

Rashford has been managing an injury in his left shoulder since November and, after a long season came to a close, he underwent scans on the problem area on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old has been using pain-killing injections to get through matches over the past eight months.

The surgery is not absolutely necessary because the torn muscle is not expected to get worse, but The Telegraph reports that he still wants to undergo surgery.

Rashford wants to have surgery as soon as possible, because he doesn’t want to keep taking pain-killing injections in the long-term.

The report says that Rashford won’t be able to have surgery until the end of July, with recovery time estimated at 12 weeks from that date.

That prognosis is a serious blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who could be without one of his star players until October.

Rashford could miss United’s first eight league games, including their season opener against Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14.

If he has surgery he will also be at risk of sitting out of United’s first three Champions League group stage matches.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate will also be affected, with England playing five World Cup qualifiers across September and October.

After an extremely difficult 48 hours in which he has been the target of cowardly online racist abuse and saw his mural defaced, Rashford is now set to go on holiday for two weeks.

It is much-needed time off for the young forward, who played 57 games for United last season – more than any player other than Bruno Fernandes.

Managing his shoulder issue has become more and more difficult for Rashford, who has often played through pain, swelling and restricted movement.

The surgery will undoubtedly be a blow for United considering Rashford scored 21 goals and registered 15 assists for the club last season.

However, his absence could be mitigated by the arrival of Jadon Sancho, who is set to officially join United in a £73million move from Borussia Dortmund.


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