Manchester United have suffered a potential injury blow ahead of their Premier League encounter with Newcastle United after Jadon Sancho was forced to withdraw from the England squad.
The 21-year-old was called up for the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifying tripleheader by Gareth Southgate but played no part in their 4-0 victory over Hungary.
England’s FA then released a statement revealing Sancho had picked up a knock and would play no part in their subsequent fixtures, allowing him to return to United.
“Following further assessment, the 21-year-old has returned to his club and is expected to recover in time for Manchester United’s fixture with Newcastle United on Saturday 11 September.”
Although the FA claim that Sancho is expected to be fit enough to play some part against the Magpies over the weekend, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will still be gutted at his summer signing’s setback as it looks unlikely that he’ll be ready to start the game.
The former Borussia Dortmund gem arrived at Old Trafford via a £73 million deal back in July, although he’s struggled to find his best form in the opening weeks of his Red Devils career.
After making two substitute appearances off the bench against Leeds United and Southampton, Sancho got his chance from the off last time out when Solskjaer’s side travelled to Molineux.
However, an underwhelming performance saw the flying winger hooked after just 72 minutes, and he’s still waiting for his first goal and assist in a United shirt.
A home game against a struggling Newcastle United side may have been the ideal encounter for Sancho to get off the mark in, but he may be forced to wait a little while longer depending on how his recovery progresses.