Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was spotted leaving Old Trafford yesterday with his fingers bandaged together.
Rashford who started against Stoke City suffered a hand injury at the latter stages of the game and is now a doubt for England’s upcoming world cup qualifiers.
The 18-year-old has endured an impressive start to the new campaign under Jose Mourinho and the new United boss will certainly be hoping that England do not take any chances with the forward that could make the injury worst than it already is.
With Manchester United facing important clashes against Liverpool and Chelsea after the international break, Mourinho will undoubtedly need Rashford to be fully fit and will not want the youngster playing for England when he has an injury.
Should Rashford aggravate his injury over the international break, it would leave Mourinho with a real dilemma. The youngster’s ability to glide past his opponent with ease combined with superb finishing makes him one of the first names on the team sheet for the Portuguese and one which he would find difficult to replace.
Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Memphis Depay have all been tried and tested by Mourinho out on the flanks so far this season but none have had what it takes so far to hold down a regular first team spot and should Rashford’s injure himself further whilst playing for England it would leave United in real trouble.
Malta and Slovenia are sides which England should be beating comfortably and Gareth Southgate does not really need to select his strongest eleven to beat teams like them. He has plenty of other alternatives to choose from ahead of the qualifiers and should not need to call upon a player who is carrying an injury.
In leaving out Rashford it would give youngster plenty of time to make a full recovery for the clash against Liverpool at Anfield and would allow the forward to take a much needed rest having featured in each of United’s six games in September.