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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Sunday that forward Marcus Rashford will be out for “a few weeks” with a back injury.
Rashford was not included in the Red Devils’ squad for their Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield, and Solskjaer offered an update on his condition when talking before the game to Sky Sports (h/t The Independent’s Karl Matchett).
“I wouldn’t expect him to be back in the next few weeks. We have a mid-season break and I’m not sure are going to see him before then, no. He’s got a couple of knocks, jolts against Wolves. [He] aggravated his back [and] had trouble before; give him time to recover and rest before we put him back on the pitch.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be back in the next few weeks. We have a mid-season break and I’m not sure we are going to see him before then, no.”
Rashford’s injury means he is likely to miss his team’s Premier League fixtures against Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers, their FA Cup fourth-round tie and the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City.
The problem for Rashford comes at a disappointing time, as he is enjoying his best ever campaign in the Red Devils first team.
Under Solskjaer, the forward has been used in a role on the left flank, where he has freedom to roam and cause problems for opposition defenders. Rashford’s pace and dribbling skill have lit up the Premier League this term.
There have also been signs of growing maturity from the 22-year-old, who has refined his decision-making in the final third. Rashford has netted an impressive 14 goals in the top flight this term, which is his best ever return in the competition.
Replacing Rashford will be a huge challenge while he’s on the sidelines, as United don’t have any other attacker who offers as much on a consistent basis as him.
Anthony Martial can be used on the left flank, although he has looked more comfortable in a central berth this season. Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood are other options Solskjaer could look towards.