Marcus Rashford will wait until after Euro 2020 this summer before considering undergoing surgery on an ongoing shoulder injury.
Manchester United’s star forward suffered a muscle tear to his left shoulder back at the start of November.
It came in the Red Devils’ 1-0 Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal.
And while he only missed a couple of weeks at the time, Rashford has been playing through the pain.
Discomfort has not gone away and the problem is yet to correct itself, but United’s desperation means Rashford has had to delay any proper treatment.
The Telegraph say the persistent issue with his shoulder is a consequence of the relentless workload this season.
Rashford is United’s only player to have figure in all 42 of their matches this term.
When he was briefly sidelined, that was during an international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been reluctant to give the 23-year-old any sort of real rest.
United’s season has been as demanding as any club’s in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
The fixture calendar has been clogged up and it does not get any easier in March for United, who face five huge games back-to-back this month.
Premier League leaders Manchester City host United on Sunday, before Solskjaer’s team take on AC Milan in their Europa League round-of-16 tie either side of a crunch clash with high-flying West Ham.
Third-placed Leicester, who are just a point behind United, then welcome them to the King Power Stadium before the international break at the end of March.
Rashford cannot afford to be left out during that spell, and his frustrations appeared to boil over in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
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The England ace had a verbal spat with Harry Maguire which was overheard at Selhurst Park.
And United’s season is now in danger of going somewhat pear-shaped, with consecutive goalless draws against Chelsea and Palace having suddenly dragged them back into the top-four race.
Rashford is expected to start again at City, but his shoulder is getting badly inflamed after matches and his mobility is currently restricted during games.
Last season, Rashford was ruled out for months with a double stress fracture in his back that he had continued to play with, showing the strain he has put on his body in recent times.
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