Marcus Rashford will hold talks with Manchester United on Tuesday before deciding whether to go ahead with shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action for up to three months.
Rashford is strongly in favour of having the operation after struggling since November with a muscle tear in his left shoulder.
United were hoping a three-week break after Euro 2020 would ease the problem and the England striker might avoid surgery that would rule him out until October.
But it is understood Rashford has returned from a holiday with United’s new £73million signing Jadon Sancho and friends in the Turks and Caicos Islands feeling that an operation is still the best course of action.
The 23-year-old is not due to report for pre-season training until Sunday but will meet with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Carrington on Tuesday afternoon to make a final decision.
Speaking about the situation earlier this month, Solskjaer said: ‘We’re looking at the best options. He went away just to reflect on it a bit. We have to take the best course of action for him and the club. We’re still addressing that with the experts.’
Rashford had a scan on the shoulder in Liverpool a fortnight ago which revealed that the muscle tear is unlikely to get any worse.
However, he wants the problem cured once and for all after requiring painkilling injections to play last season.
He is determined to recover peak fitness for United and also for England ahead of next year’s World Cup, having spent only 84 minutes on the pitch as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the final of Euro 2020.
If he goes ahead with surgery, Rashford could miss England’s next five World Cup qualifiers as well as United’s first 11 games of the new season.