MARCUS RASHFORD’S injury is not as bad as first feared with no ankle ligament damage done.
But the Manchester United forward is still expected to face a short layoff.
A scan on Marcus Rashford’s ankle revealed no ligament damage in a major boost for his clubCredit: AFP
Rashford, 23, limped off in Sunday’s Manchester derby after tracking back to help his side out defensively.
He tackled Riyad Mahrez but pulled up after knocking the ball back to his goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Speaking immediately after the 2-0 win at the Etihad, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “When he sprinted 70 yards to save a goal, it showed the attitude of the boy.
“I think he went over on his ankle but we need to do a scan. I’ve not had time to speak to the doctor yet.”
There was still bruising and swelling as the United man struggled to put weight on it, the report adds.
But the prospect of a lengthy time on the sidelines appears to be avoided.
Rashford has been playing through the pain barrier since early November after suffering a tear in his shoulder.
He may need to undergo surgery after the Euros as the problem lingers and shows no signs of clearing itself up.
Despite that, Rashford has featured in all 43 Manchester United matches this season – starting 35 of those.
He has 18 goals and 12 assists in all competitions with only Bruno Fernandes of his United team-mates boasting more goal involvements this season.
It is likely Rashford will not be risked against AC Milan on Thursday while his fitness will be assessed before West Ham head to Old Trafford on Sunday night.
England have a World Cup qualifying triple header at the end of March against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
Jadon Sancho’s injury is expected to keep him sidelined while Harvey Barnes is ruled out following knee surgery so Gareth Southgate will be hoping Rashford can be available for selection.
Rashford has played in all 43 Manchester United games this season but could be set for a short spell on the sidelinesCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd