Manchester United news: Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku withdraw from national squads while Marcus Rashford is doubtful for England opener


Four Red Devils have now pulled out from international fixtures this week with Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial already sidelined

The list of Manchester United players who have withdrawn from their respective national squads through injury continues to grow.

Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku join Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial as the latest casualties while there is some concern over Marcus Rashford.

Marcus Rashford is a doubt for England’s opener

Marcus Rashford is a doubt for England’s opener

Matic was been ruled out of Serbia’s matches against Germany and Poland.

The Manchester United midfielder had missed four games through injury and returned for their 2-0 defeat against Arsenal earlier this month.

He then played 86 minutes in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wolves before being replaced by Juan Mata.

Nemanja Matic has been ruled out of Serbia’s two matches

Nemanja Matic has been ruled out of Serbia’s two matches

Matic was initially selected as Serbia’s vice-captain for a friendly in Germany on Wednesday and the Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal on Monday.

He has now been withdrawn from the squad, though.

Serbia head coach Mladen Krstajic said: “Nemanja Matic will not play in Wolfsburg, nor in Lisbon. He played the last match in the club but did not stay in the field until the end.”


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Lukaku missed the FA Cup defeat to Wolves through injury after picking up a foot injury against Paris Saint-Germain.

He was set to be part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad for their upcoming fixtures against Russia and Cyprus but has now been sent back to United to continue his rehabilitation.

Romelu Lukaku has a foot injury

Romelu Lukaku has a foot injury

Reports in Belgium suggest that this is a precaution and he could still be ready for the Red Devils’ next fixture.

Luke Shaw was forced to pull out of the England squad earlier this week through injury, and was replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Martial’s knee problem prevented any hopes of making the France squad.

Rashford is a major fitness doubt for Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of their first Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Friday.

He has been struggling with an ankle injury, which he picked up against Liverpool in February, and sat out Tuesday’s training session at St George’s Park.

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