Mason Greenwood has been forced to withdraw from England’s under-21 squad through injury as Manchester United face an anxious wait over his fitness.
The 19-year-old striker had been called up by Three Lions’ boss Aidy Boothroyd for the UEFA U21 Euro group stage which starts this week.
But Greenwood will not feature in any of the fixtures against Switzerland, Portugal and Croatia as he has pulled out of contention, with Norwich’s Todd Cantwell now taking his place.
England are set to fly out to Slovenia today (Tuesday) but Greenwood will now stay at home to be assessed by United’s medical team, who are hopeful the injury is nothing serious.
It is the latest blow to United’s front line as Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford have all faced their own injury struggles of late.
Still Greenwood could now be battling to prove his fitness for the visit of the Seagulls to Old Trafford, which will no doubt upset boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has raved about the teenager’s recent form.
“His overall game has improved so much. Too many people are too concerned about stats and look just at assists and goals,” Solskjaer said.
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“His contribution to the team is way above what he was doing last season – except for the goals. And they will come. I don’t worry about that at all.
“Because we see him day in day out in training. He’s growing physically, he’s maturing in the way he’s playing, he’s holding the ball up, his link play… so I’m very pleased with him.”
Greenwood has only netted five times for United this season, including his goal against Leicester on Sunday, which was his first for the club since the end of January.