Marcus Rashford of Manchester United
Marcus Rashford looks to be out for extended time with a back injury. Peter Powell/Shutterstock

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said star striker Marcus Rashford looks set to miss around six weeks after suffering a double stress fracture in his back.

Rashford, 22, was absent from United’s starting XI for the first time in the Premier League this season when they lost 2-0 away to leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Solskjaer told reporters after the game: "Normally six weeks to heal, but I'm not a doctor. It’s a (back) stress fracture. It happened against Wolves. It's not happened before, it happened there and then. He'll be out for a while."

The TimesHenry Winter recently tweeted Rashford carried a single-stress back fracture into the recent 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolverhampton Wanderers when he exacerbated the problem. It also emerged the Manchester native requires non-invasive surgery to remove a piece of bone from his ankle, and Winter said he could be out for “two to three months.”

Solskjaer’s remarks appeared to contradict those reports regarding Rashford’s pre-existing condition, which could see him struggle to regain form in time for Euro 2020 this summer.

Rashford is United’s top scorer this season with 19 goals in all competitions (14 in the Premier League), with the Red Devils likely to struggle more in his absence. They sit fifth in the table for the time being but are only five points above 12th place.

The Norwegian added United “might look at some short-term deals” during the January transfer window to supplement their forward line, with 18-year-old Mason Greenwood likely to see an increase in minutes.