Double Man United blow as season-ending injury confirmed - boost for Newcastle & Liverpool

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Manchester United have received bad news on the injury front in the last few days as they rival Newcastle United and Liverpool for Champions League qualification.

Manchester United hope Marcus Rashford will return to action before the end of the 2022-23 Premier League season - after announcing their latest injury blow.

The Red Devils have confirmed that midfielder Marcel Sabitzer will miss the remaining three games against Bournemouth, Chelsea and Fulham.

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Sabitzer, who joined on loan from Bayern Munich in January, missed the 2-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday with a knee complaint. It has since been communicated that the Austrian has suffered a meniscal injury.

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A Red Devils club statement read: “Marcel has played an important role in the second half of our 2022/23 campaign, racking up 18 appearances and scoring three times, a cheeky backheel against Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final and a double in the Europa League last-eight first leg clash with Sevilla.

“The 29-year-old has also secured a Carabao Cup winner’s medal, after featuring in February’s triumph over Newcastle United, and converted one of the penalties during the shootout success against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final.

“Everyone at the club is disappointed to lose Marcel’s services, as the Reds chase a strong finish to the season in the Premier League and FA Cup, and we are grateful for his contribution to our progress so far.”

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The news comes after top goalscorer Rashford missed the weekend’s win because of a leg injury. And worryingly, boss Erik ten Hag was unable to reveal when the England international would return when speaking after the game.

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“I can’t tell in this moment and as I say, it’s not my focus point in this moment,” said the Dutchman. ”I hope [he will be back soon]. Of course. And he will do everything that can be done.”

Ten Hag is desperate to have Rashford, who has netted 29 goals this term, available before the season is out.

Fifth place Liverpool are one point behind Man United and Newcastle in the race for Champions League qualification after putting together a seven-game winning streak.

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Both clubs require six points from their remaining three games to guarantee a top-four finish on the basis that Jurgen Klopp’s men win their remaining games versus Aston Villa and Southampton.

Eddie Howe’s side play back-to-back home games against Brighton and Leicester City this week before going to Chelsea on the final day of the season.

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