Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford might not kick a ball in a competitive game until October this year. The 23-year-old left-winger will undergo surgery on his shoulder later in July.
According to a report by PA in the United Kingdom, Marcus Rashford has been battling discomfort in his shoulder before the Euro 2020 kicked off. But the discomfort was not strong enough to prevent him from playing football.
Reports in the UK confirmed that the initial plan was that the English football star would undergo the surgery immediately after Euro 2020. But the surgeon that has been assigned to carry it out was not available.
Hence, the medical procedure had to be postponed until late July when the Surgeon is expected to be available for the surgery.
Recall that Rashford was not fully fit before Euro 2020 began but coach Gareth Southgate decided to invite him into his squad for the just-concluded football tournament. The reason for this was that Rashford’s fitness issue was not so complicated.
However, during the tournament, he struggled for game time. He managed to make just five appearances from the bench. Hence he could not make much impact.
In the five appearances that the Manchester United star made during the European Championship, he failed to provide an assist nor score a goal. Coach Southgate gave him the chance to be a hero when he included him among the five players who were given the responsibility to take England’s spot-kick in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium on July 11.
Unfortunately for him, he could not hit his target well enough. His kick went straight to the post. Marcus Rashford’s miss contributed to England’s inability to win the European Championship.
Hence, after the tournament, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka who also missed their spot-kicks like him were subjected to racist abuse on social media.
In his reaction to the racist attacks, Marcus Rashford took to social media to apologize for not playing the spot-kick well enough but insisted that he would not apologize for where he came from.
Marcus Rashford is a product of Manchester United football academy. The 23-year-old left-winger gained promotion into Manchester United senior team on July 1, 2016.
Since then, the English football star has played 291 games for Manchester United in which he scored 57 goals and provided 88 assists.
So far, he has helped the club to win, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one Europa League, and one Europa Super League. His current contract with Manchester United will expire on June 30, 2023.