Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will give Marcus Rashford “as long as he needs” to get fit.
The precise length of Rashford’s absence with a back injury is unknown.
The United boss has refused to offer any assurances about Rashford being back for the end of the season, or even Euro 2020.
Solskjaer has said it will be at least six weeks before the 22-year-old striker is fit to start training.
Others who have suffered similar injuries say it will be much longer.
“Marcus is going to get as long as he needs,” said Solskjaer. “We are not going to risk him when he has had an injury. When he comes back he will be 100% fit.”
“I never put myself before the team,” he said. “I put the team and the club before anything else.
“Yes, he had minor discomfort but he had scans. We monitored him. We have to manage players every single day. There are loads of things Ian Wright, or anyone else, doesn’t know about.”