Manchester United have suffered a significant blow with Marcus Rashford deciding he needs surgery on a shoulder injury.
The 23-year-old, who has endured racist abuse after his missed penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday, may not be available for United until the end of October.
Rashford was hampered by the shoulder muscle tear last season and was picked in the Euro squad despite not being 100 percent fit.
He underwent a scan on Tuesday and a decision was taken that surgery was the only option.
However, it is understood the operation will not take place for a couple of weeks.
It is likely he will be out of action for 12 weeks but has an outside chance of returning for United’s Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 23rd.
The news is a further blow to Rashford who has endured a difficult 48 hours since the Euro 2020 final defeat.
He, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted for racial abuse online after they missed penalties in the shootout defeat.
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Rashford’s mural in Withington, Manchester, was also vandalised but has since been covered in messages of support by the community.