Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it’s ‘touch and go’ if Marcus Rashford plays again this seaso

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed it is ‘touch and go’ if Marcus Rashford plays again this season.

The England international has been sidelined for more than a month after suffering a double stress fracture of the back in United’s FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves.

Rashford has a double stress fracture in his back

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Rashford has a double stress fracture in his back

Speaking ahead of United’s Europa League round of 32 first-leg clash against Club Brugge, Solskjaer said: “I would hope he’s playing this season. 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). He had a scan and it was maybe more severe than what we hoped and expected.

“He felt fine a few days before that. I didn’t know it takes that time to recover. When it heals he will be stronger for it so it’s important we don’t rush.”

Rashford, 22, has dazzled this season for the Red Devils with 14 goals and four assists in 22 appearances.


But there are fears he could even miss out on Euro 2020 – spelling more bad news for Gareth Southgate, who is already sweating over the fitness of captain Harry Kane.

United had already looked light in attack before Rashford’s injury, with deadline-day loan signing Odion Ighalo the only fresh addition.

The Nigeria striker has travelled to Belgium with the squad, but McTominay stayed at home despite training with the squad on the eve of the match.

Paul Pogba is another high-profile absentee, with the recovery from an ankle injury continuing slowly to background noise about his future.

“He’s not been part of team training yet, so it’ll depend on how he feels or when he feels ready to do that,” Solskjaer commented. “He’s not anywhere near that yet.”