Man Utd face striker crisis with Rooney, Rashford and Martial all ruled out of FA Cup clash with Chelsea

By Isoccer Staff

Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have all been ruled out of Manchester United‘s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Rooney collided with Phil Jones in training and misses out with a leg injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins a three-game ban for elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings.

Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford [illness] are also missing.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

The precise nature and severity of the leg injury Rooney has sustained is not known but the England captain was unable to complete the training session and will have a scan on Monday.

No blame has been attached to Jones for the incident in what has been described as a “full-bloodied session”.

It had been expected that Rooney, 31, was going to be involved because he did not go to Russia for the Europa League last-16 meeting with FC Rostov on Thursday.

Rooney was expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Thursday for the friendly against Germany on 22 March and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March.

He became United’s record goalscorer in January, eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton, but has played only once since 1 February and last month turned down offers to move to China in order to complete the season at Old Trafford.

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