Marcus Rashford is planning to undergo surgery after Euro 2020.
And that’s left Manchester United fearing their star striker will miss the start of next season if England make it all the way to the Final at Wembley next month.
Rashford is preparing for the delayed Euro 2020 Finals with England having soldiered on for United most of last season managing foot and shoulder injuries.
But it’s believed the 23-year-old star will have surgery for at least one of the injuries – most likely his foot – as soon as England’s involvement in the tournament is over.
The patriotic striker is so committed to the Three Lions he’s ruled out any notion of not taking part in the Euro’s this summer – and United gave him their support to finish the season with England.
But he recognises surgery may be the best way forward after facing criticism for some performances towards the end of the campaign.
The Old Trafford striker has played 59 games so far this campaign – an astonishing load given problems with his shoulder and foot.
And he’s already admitted it’s not ideal trying to fully recover especially after juggling so many games.
”I’m alright, I just take it game by game” said Rashford recently.
“It’s a bit inconsistent in the way it (foot) recovers but at the end of the day we just have to deal with it in the best way we can , in the way that is most comfortable.
“Im happiest when I’m playing games and helping the team. I just do what I can to get out on the pitch.”
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If England go all the way to reach the Euro 2020 final on July 11, it gives United a headache.
If Rashford had surgery the following day, it would give him just 34 days before the new Premier League season starts on the weekend of August 14.
Allowing for a holiday after a gruelling year, recovery from surgery and strength and conditioning fitness work pre-season United know he’d miss a chunk of their preparations and the start of their bid to chase down title-holders Manchester City.
That timetable could be brought forward if England don’t make it to the last rounds of the competition.
Going out at the quarter-final stage would give Rashford an extra week to recover before the season starts.
The decision taken by striker Mason Greenwood to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s squad to focus on recovering from his own injury issues has at least given United some breathing space ahead of next season.
Greenwood, still just 19, has played a hefty 53 games for club and country in the last nine months and United felt he needed a rest “to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March”.
United said: “Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 2020/21 Premier League and Europa League schedules.
“But a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.”