Marcus Rashford 'touch and go' to play again this season, reveals Solskjær

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Marcus Rashford’s chances of playing for Manchester United again this season are “touch and go”, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has said the striker’s back injury is more severe than initially thought. It leaves Rashford’s participation at Euro 2020 in major doubt.

Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in January’s FA Cup win over Wolves and United’s manager was asked on Wednesday, before his team’s Europa League game at Club Brugge, whether the 22-year-old’s chances of featuring for United before the end of the campaign were rated at 50-50.

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He said: “I would hope he’s playing this season but it’ll just be touch and go towards the end. Hopefully we get through this tournament and prolong the season. It takes time, I’m not a doctor, but I was hoping he would recover quicker than it actually looks like. He’s going to be out for another few months definitely.

“He had a scan and it was maybe more severe, that fracture, than what we hoped for and expected; he felt fine the few days before. When it heals he’ll be stronger for it and it’s important we don’t rush him.”

Solskjær said of Rashford’s potential participation at the Euro 2020: “I would hope he plays before then but if he’s not fit enough he won’t go.”