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Marcus Rashford determined to return from back injury stronger than ever

The Manchester United and England forward is set for a spell on the sidelines.

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Marcus Rashford sustained his back injury in the recent FA Cup replay win against Wolves (Martin Rickett/PA)

Marcus Rashford sustained his back injury in the recent FA Cup replay win against Wolves (Martin Rickett/PA)

Marcus Rashford sustained his back injury in the recent FA Cup replay win against Wolves (Martin Rickett/PA)

Marcus Rashford has vowed to return for Manchester United “fitter than ever” as he recovers from a stress fracture of the back.

The 22-year-old striker faces at least six weeks on the sidelines, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming the full extent of the injury after Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool.

Rashford, who has scored 22 goals for club and country this season, tweeted: “Blink and I’ll be back, fitter than ever. See you soon.”

The England international also insisted he would remain heavily involved in all aspects of club life at Old Trafford during his rehabilitation.

“On the pitch or not, @ManUtd fans don’t get much bigger than me,” he added.

“You best believe I’ll be involved in team meetings, team huddles and team sessions throughout this recovery.”

Rashford sustained the injury after being introduced as a second-half substitute in last week’s FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could bring in a short-term replacement for Rashford (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could bring in a short-term replacement for Rashford (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could bring in a short-term replacement for Rashford (Martin Rickett/PA)

Speaking after Sunday’s defeat at Anfield, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “He’s suffered a bad injury, it’s a stress fracture.

“It happened against Wolverhampton and it is not something that has happened before. I’m looking at Marcus to be out for a while. He won’t be back, I’m not a doctor so I don’t know exactly, but we are looking at several weeks and then some rehab after that probably.

“We’ve had many injuries to big players this season, it’s just an unfortunate position that we are in. The window is open and it might be that we look at something for the short term.”

Solskjaer added that he could consider bringing in a loan replacement for Rashford in the January transfer window.

He said: “That might mean that we might look at some short-term deals to take us to the summer. It might not.”

It has also been suggested that Alexis Sanchez could be recalled from his loan at Inter Milan, but the PA news agency understands that will not be happening. There is no recall clause in the season-long deal that took the Chilean to the San Siro last August.

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