Manchester United star Marcus Rashford will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder, it has been confirmed.
The 23-year-old had decided to go ahead with the surgery but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that the decision had not yet been made.
But The Telegraph’s James Ducker has confirmed this morning that the surgery will go ahead.
That means Rashford will miss 12 weeks of football – at least the first nine matches of United’s Premier League season as well as the first three Champions League fixtures.
“Rashford is understood to have met with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Thursday and explained his eagerness to undergo an operation to address a problem he has been managing since last November,” Ducker reports.
“Rashford tore a muscle in his left shoulder against Arsenal on November 1 and would later require pain-killing injections to help him through games.
“Although he was told the injury would not get any worse, he was conscious it did not improve either, with the swelling causing him serious discomfort and inhibiting his movement and ability to hold up and challenge for the ball, particularly later in the games.
“Rashford underwent consultation in Liverpool on July 13. Surgery was not possible straight away and United encouraged him to consider his options during a short break.
“He is keen to return in peak condition next season after being forced to manage a number of injuries over the past two seasons.”
Ducker also points out that another niggling injury that Rashford has been carrying will also be assessed at the same time.