Rash­ford doubt­ful for Eng­land due to per­sis­tent an­kle in­jury

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mike McGrath

Rash­ford is an in­jury doubt for Eng­land with an an­kle prob­lem car­ried over from last sea­son.

The Manch­ester United for­ward played through the pain bar­rier in the fi­nal games of the cam­paign and wanted to give him­self ev­ery chance to play for Gareth South­gate’s team against Ice­land and Den­mark in the Na­tions League.

Rash­ford, 22, had the in­jury scanned and is set for a short pe­riod of rest to get him ready for the start of the Pre­mier League sea­son, with the hope that the full re­cov­ery will en­sure he re­mains fit for the whole cam­paign through to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

He had suf­fered a se­ri­ous back in­jury last sea­son but re­cov­ered to play a full role in Pro­ject Restart, start­ing ev­ery league game as Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side earned a place in the Cham­pi­ons League.

United went to Lis­bon where they reached the semi-fi­nals of the

Europa League, al­though Rash­ford’s an­kle caused him dis­com­fort dur­ing games. He had been ea­ger to play in Eng­land’s first in­ter­na­tional games in 10 months but is poised to use the time to re­cover fully.

South­gate may con­sider bring­ing in cover but has Ra­heem Ster­ling and Jadon San­cho as wide for­wards and also called up Ma­son Green­wood, who over­took Jack Gre­al­ish in the peck­ing or­der with his form in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

It will still be a blow for South­gate to lose a player who has scored in his last three in­ter­na­tional games, with the fix­tures in Reyk­javik and Copen­hagen next week be­ing com­pet­i­tive Uefa matches.

Ben Chilwell’s heel prob­lem means South­gate does not have a recog­nised left-back in his squad, while Liver­pool pair Jor­dan Hen­der­son and Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain have been ruled out through in­jury.

Strug­gling: Mar­cus Rash­ford played through the pain bar­rier for Manch­ester United to­wards the end of the sea­son

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