Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a positive update on Marcus Rashford’s return from injury.
Rashford plunged United into a frontline injury crisis when he was forced off during the Red Devils’ defeat to West Ham on Sunday.
Daniel James and Jesse Lingard were left to play up front with Mason Greenwood sidelined, after United sold Romelu Lukaku in the summer and didn’t replace the Belgian.
Solskjaer confirmed after the game that Rashford had picked up a groin strain, and the striker missed Wednesday’s penalty shootout win over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup which set up a fourth-round clash with Chelsea .
But Greenwood was back for the game against Rochdale, and Solskjaer is hopeful Rashford will return before the next international break, with United entertaining Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday.
They then face trips to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League and Newcastle United in the Premier League before the club calendar stops for international matches.
Solskjaer said of Rashford: “He’s recovering. He’s not very, very bad so we hope to see him before the international break .”
Paul Pogba played the full game against Rochdale after missing three games with an ankle injury.
And Solskjaer hopes the midfielder won’t suffer a reaction with the game against the Gunners looming.
“It’s good that he has had a couple of days training and he needs a game to further his recovery,” Solskjaer said before Wednesday’s match, in quotes reported by Goal .
“Hopefully then he will be good for Arsenal. Let’s see how he does today.”
Angel Gomes and Diogo Dalot also missed the Rochdale clash with injury, but Solskjaer is optimistic they will be available for the trip to the Netherland next Thursday.
He said: “They are injured, they haven’t trained the past couple of days unfortunately, hopefully they will be back for Alkmaar next week.”
Daniel James scored the decisive penalty for United in their shootout win over Rochdale, with the match having ended 1-1 after Luke Matheson cancelled out an opener from the returning Greenwood.