Why is Marcus Rashford not playing for Man Utd against Derby, and what is the latest on his injury? – The Sun

MARCUS RASHFORD is key for both club and country.

The Manchester United forward is still only 22 but carries the hopes of both the Three Lions and Red Devils on his young shoulders.

This season hasn't quite gone to plan for either United or Rashford however, with the forward currently frustrated on the sidelines.

Why is Marcus Rashford not playing for Man Utd?

BEFORE his lay-off, Rashford was in sublime form despite United's poor performances in the Premier League.

He has 22 goals from 37 games this season, including a run of 11 in eleven games between October 27 and December 7.

Rashford last appeared in United's 1-0 FA Cup victory over Wolves on January 15, just four days after he netted a brace against Norwich in a 4-0 battering.

The United youth product went down with a back injury just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute.

And fans worst fears were confirmed after the game when boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the striker was facing more than just a few weeks on the sidelines.

The Norwegian said: "He got knocks against Wolves and aggravated his back.

"We will give him time before we put him back on the pitch. I wouldn't expect to be having him in the next few weeks."

Rashford was reportedly already suffering from a stress fracture in his back before the Wolves game, which became a double fracture after a serious knock.

And Henry Winter of The Times also revealed that the striker had been playing with a piece of 'floating bone' in his ankle which required surgery.

With Euro 2020 just months away, England fans face a tense wait to see if Rashford can recover in time.

What is the latest on his injury?

AS yet, there is no concrete date for Rashford to return to action.

The United man has reportedly stepped up work in the gym but it looks unlikely that he will be rushed back – despite his sides late European push.

On March 4 ahead of their FA Cup clash with Derby, Solskjaer provided an update on the strikers health.

He told MUTV: "As [with] any player, he wants to be fit as quickly as possible and play as soon as possible.

"If that means playing in April, if he’ll be fit for us towards the end of the season, fantastic. If it takes longer, it takes longer.

"We just have to be sensible with it because we’re going to have Marcus playing here for many, many years.”

"The scans were encouraging. He’s now working in the gym and in the pool, and he’s moving around better. He’s in and around the place. It’s like how long is a piece of rope? It’s difficult."

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