Man United injury update: Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Martial return dates and latest news
Manchester United have received a pair of key boosts as they prepare to return to Premier League action after the international break.
Marcus Rashford was a surprise withdrawal from the England squad but is not set to be fit to face Newcastle on Sunday.
Anthony Martial should join him in the squad having beaten a hip injury and trained over the break.
Also absent from his national team meet-up was Alejandro Garnacho, who with Raphael Varane also sat out United’s final game before the break due to injury issues.
Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are long-term absentees while a new problem has arisen for Marcel Sabitzer.
Here is your latest update of Manchester United injuries and return dates...
Rashford pulled out of the England squad to face Italy and Ukraine after picking up a knock in United’s FA Cup win over Fulham before the international break.
It is not believed to be a serious issue, with Rashford training on Monday at Carrington before joining the full group’s workout later in the week, leading to a positive update from Erik ten Hag.
He said: “I have good hope, he trained but he had to have some treatment, he had to do some individual training. Today he joined in with the group. We have one more day. I have a good hope he will be available.”
Garnacho missed the opportunity to make his first Argentina appearance after an ankle injury picked up against Southampton forced him to pull out of the squad.
No timeframe on his return has been given. The winger is expected to miss a number of weeks, but is set to return before the end of the season.
“It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now,” Garnacho posted on Instagram.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to help my team and team-mates in the upcoming games, in what is a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.
“I am disappointed to also miss the opportunity to be with my team-mates of the Argentina national team, in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.”
French forward Martial is ready to be in the squad for Newcastle, Ten Hag confirmed on Friday.
The news comes as a key boost to United and their player, who have endured a rollercoaster season of constant issues.
The manager said: “He's training, for two weeks now. I think he can be in.”
A minor injury ruled Varane out of the win over Fulham before the break, but Ten Hag has confirmed the issue is not a serious one and the defender is in contention for the trip to St James’ Park.
“It’s difficult to say, but I think it’s something small,” the United boss said. “I think he’ll recover and be back after the international break.”
An ankle injury has kept Eriksen out of action since January, but the midfielder is nearing a return in a huge boost for United.
He is likely still a couple of weeks away from being back in contention for Erik ten Hag’s side, but Eriksen is set to feature before the end of April.
“Yeah, it is going well. I have just started being outside as you saw with football boots on,” the midfielder said recently.
“And then we take it from there, that is the next step. I have been in the gym for some weeks now and now it is time to do the next rehab session outside.”
Sabitzer shone for Austria in their first match during the international break, scoring twice and providing an assist in a big win over Azerbaijian.
However, Austria boss Ralf Rangnick confirmed Sabitzer was dealing with a knee problem, and he was an unused substitute against Estonia. That decision was believed to be precuationary though, with the midfielder expected to be available to face Newcastle.
Donny van de Beek
It was confirmed in January that Van de Beek would miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.
Ten Hag has though stated he believes the Dutchman will be back for the start of pre-season, as he looks to finally kick his career at United into gear with a strong campaign.
Casemiro is currently out due to suspension after picking up his second red card of the season against Southampton.
That meant the Brazilian missed the FA Cup win over Fulham, and will also be absent for upcoming Premier League games against Newcastle, Brentford and Everton. His next appearance is set to be in the Europa League against Sevilla on April 13.