England medics are growing increasingly concerned over the fitness of Marcus Rashford and have contacted Manchester United to examine their medical reports over fears for his Euro 2020 involvement.
This season has been the striker’s most prolific to date, netting 19 goals in all competitions – including 14 in the top flight – yet injury has blighted his season and his participation before the end of the campaign looks at risk.
Rashford’s most recent setback came during the club’s FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves in mid-January, where he tweaked his back and was forced off the pitch having only come on as a substitute in the second half.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered a worrying update on the striker’s fitness ahead of the club’s recent European involvement, suggesting Rashford’s club season could be over as well as his Euro 2020 involvement.
He said: “I would hope he’s playing this season but it’ll be touch and go towards the end. I would hope he plays before then [end of season] but if he’s not fit enough he won’t go [the the Euros].”
As a result of the prognosis, the Daily Mail have revealed that England doctors have asked to see United’s medical reports on their star striker, while also wanting to be updated on his progress as Gareth Southgate begins to formulate his plans for this summer’s tournament.
It is, however, added in the report that Rashford ‘believes’ he will be fit in time, with the Englishman happy with how his rehabilitation has gone since his stress fracture. Yet, Solskjaer did call for patience, insisting that it was ‘important we don’t rush him’ given the severity of the injury, therefore Rashford is a race against time to recover before the summer.
Gareth Southgate,Marcus Rashford
Southgate sees Rashford as an integral part of his plans, with the 22-year-old striker netting four goals in just seven international outings last year.
That said, there are a number of other forward options who could take his place. Jadon Sancho has been in immense form for Borussia Dortmund once again this term, and can slot in on the left hand side of the attack if needs be.
More likely though – should Rashford not be fit in time – is that the Three Lions will line up with Raheem Sterling on the left with (hopefully) Harry Kane leading the line having recovered from a hamstring injury, and Sancho in the right forward slot.