Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that striker Will Keane will have an operation on his injured groin.
The striker battled his way back into contention for a place in United’s first-team, with a substitute appearance at Sunderland preceding a cameo in the FA Cup at Shrewsbury.
But Keane sustained a groin problem while shooting against the post at the Greenhaus Meadow and was forced to come off again, leaving the visitors with 10 men for the closing stages of the 3-0 victory.
Van Gaal confirmed on Tuesday that Keane requires surgery and will be sidelined again.
The manager said: “I have to rotate so, with Marcus Rashford, I have more players who can play in the striker’s position.
“I have Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Rashford – I had Will Keane but he is injured and shall be operated on. So, when I have more players, I can rotate more and justify that.”