Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Marcus Rashford will definitely be out ‘for another few months’ and could miss the European Championships this summer.
Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in his back in the FA Cup replay against Wolves last month, and has failed to recover as quickly as first hoped.
The England forward is United’s most dangerous player and has scored 14 Premier League goals from an inside left position this term.
But while Solskjaer remains optimistic that he could play again this season, he has cast doubt over his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros.
“I would hope he’s playing this season,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“It will just be touch and go towards the end. Hopefully we can get through this tournament and prolong the season.
“It takes time, I’m not a doctor. I was hoping he would recover quicker than what it looks like he’s going to be out for. Another few months definitely.
“If he’s not fit enough he won’t go (to the Euros).”
Rashford’s absence is a huge blow for United who are still battling in three competitions.
In a busy fixture period for the Reds, Solskjaer may have to turn to new signing Odion Ighalo, who could feature prominently as a striker when Anthony Martial is rested.
Rashford’s absence is nearly as great a loss for England as it is United, with the 22-year-old also key part of Southgate’s plans this summer.
We hope the forward can return quicker than expected, but must not be rushed back into contention when not fully fit.
Solskjaer was speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s round of 32 Europa League knockout first-leg away to Club Brugge which takes place on Thursday evening.