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Marcus Rashford injury setback for England: Man Utd star ‘touch and go’ for Euro 2020

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears the striker will miss rest of the season

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Marcus Rashford’s double stress fracture in his back is worse than expected and the England striker is now a major doubt for this summer’s European Championships. 

Rashford injured his back playing for United against Wolves last month and Solskjaer insists that the 22-year-old can’t be rushed back. 

United boss Solskjaer said: “We can’t rush him. Hopefully he will play again this season but it will be touch and go towards the end.

“It has taken time. I’m not a doctor but obviously I was hoping that he would recover quicker than it looks like he is going to. It looks like he is going to be out for a few months definitely.

“He had a scan and it was a more serious fracture than 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 it and we don’t do that.”

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Kane also a doubt 

The update on Rashford’s injury is another setback for England head coach Gareth Southgate, who is also sweating on the fitness of Tottenham striker Harry Kane. 

England captain Kane has a hamstring injury and is also a doubt for Euro 2020, which starts on 12 June. 

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho hopes that Kane could return for the club’s final matches of the Premier League season. 

He said last week: “The Leicester match [in May]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Is that the best-case scenario at the moment? Yes, I think so.”

Today’s back pages

‘Leip too far’ for toothless Tottenham and Rashford is a doubt for Euro 2020

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