Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford may not play until the end of October after deciding to have surgery on a shoulder injury.
The 23-year-old England international had a scan on Tuesday after being hampered by the problem in the latter half of the 2020-21 season.
It was decided the damage was so severe that rest alone would not repair it and United hoped the England striker could have the operation immediately.
It is anticipated Rashford will be out for 12 weeks, which will be a blow to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the start of the new campaign.
Rashford scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League appearances last season, but did not make an impact as England were beaten by Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
The news comes as Rashford – together with Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who also missed their spot-kicks – received racial abuse on social media after the game.