Marcus Rashford.

Rashford unsure over operation plans

Friday 25 June 2021 09:40

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford admits a decision needs to be taken on whether he needs an operation after Euro 2020.

The England international will be hoping for a first start in the tournament when Gareth Southgate's side take on Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.

However, he has reiterated that he has been playing through the pain barrier for a while, even if he does feel ready to shine, if called upon, after some minutes off the bench in the group stages.

"It's either an operation or I don't get an operation," he told reporters.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure if I need it yet, so I'll just take it as it comes. I'll finish strong here and I've got a few weeks off to just relax and decide what I'm going to do."

There is no potential timeframe for a recovery from any surgery but he has disclosed issues with his shoulder and ankle during the season, despite helping the Reds to finish in second spot and reach the Europa League final.

"The doctors have not said yet," he stressed, when asked if he could miss the start of next term. "The reason I don't know is that when the season was going, and before I came here, I knew there was no chance I was going to be getting the operation, so I did not know how long the operation would put me out for.

“I am fully concentrated on here. When the tournament is finished, then I will ask the question."

Marcus admits he has not been at his best during the tournament - yet.

Rashford also admitted he is still striving to rediscover his best form at the Euros and is keen to get the opportunity to show that he can cause Germany problems in the round-of-16 encounter.

"Obviously, I am not performing at my best and what I know I can perform to," he continued.

“Whatever that is down to, it doesn't really matter because it has been going on since early on in the season. I managed to get through the season with United.

“I think I had 36 goal involvements so I can't look back at the year and say 'I should have taken time off to do this and do that'. That's just not the way I look at things. I just want to be available for every game.”