Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is facing a race to be fit in time for Euro 2016, according to the Daily Express.
The 30-year old damaged knee ligaments in the recent loss away at Sunderland and now must wear a protective brace.
Should that not work, the striker could be forced into surgery, plunging his chances of appearing at this summer’s European Championships into doubt.
Even if the brace stabilises his troublesome knee, the England skipper could be out for another month.
Clearly a huge part in the England setup, it by no means is ideal preparation as he gears up to lead the Three Lions out at a major tournament for the first time.
He looks increasingly unlikely to be able to feature in the friendlies against Germany and Holland at the end of next month.
After a slow start to the season, the former Everton prodigy had returned to his top form, though is renowned for needing a run of games to hit his top level after injury.