Concern for Man United & Arsenal as Rashford and Saka return from international duty

Concern for Man United & Arsenal as Rashford and Saka return from international duty

England have released a statement this evening, confirming that a pair of stars have been forced to depart the country’s camp due to injury.

San Marino drubbing

Gareth Southgate’s men of course got their World Cup qualifying campaign underway on Thursday night.

The Three Lions’ long road to Qatar opened with an altogether straightforward assignment, in putting San Marino to the sword at Wembley.

In turn, it came as little surprise when England managed exactly that, adding a positive early look to the nation’s goal difference column in the process.

James Ward-Prowse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (2), Raheem Sterling and debutant Ollie Watkins were all on target, en route to a comfortable 5-0 win.

Concern for Arsenal & Man United

The action, though, will continue to come thick and fast for Southgate and co. over the days ahead.

First comes a trip to Tirana to face Albania on Sunday evening, before the Three Lions round out their latest set of fixtures in a testing meeting with Poland 3 days later.

As such, Southgate will no doubt be keen to have as many players as possible fit and at his disposal, ahead of an important week for England.

But, as outlined above, on Friday, two such options have been ruled out of contention.

The players in question? Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka.

Both missed last night’s win over San Marino, with respective fitness issues.

And, as confirmed in an official statement a short time ago, neither has since managed to recover, forcing Manchester United and Arsenal to call their attacking stars home to recommence treatment:

Rashford reported to St. George’s Park with an injury that ruled him out of the 5-0 win against San Marino and, following further assessment, it has been decided he will continue his rehabilitation with Manchester United.

Saka had remained at Arsenal for further assessment on an ongoing issue with the hope of joining up with the Three Lions but will now not be available for the fixtures against Albania and Poland.

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