United star withdraws from England squad
Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been forced to withdraw from the England squad due to a back injury.
The 21-year-old had been included in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad for the first time after impressing for Manchester United following his big-money move to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace during the summer.
Wan-Bissaka certainly would have been hoping to win his first cap against either Bulgaria or Kosovo during the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, although he would have been battling it out with more established internationals Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier for a place in the team.
However, the FA have now confirmed that Wan-Bissaka will not be figuring in those games whatsoever, as he has been forced to withdraw from the squad after picking up a back injury.
It has also been confirmed that Southgate will not be calling anyone up to replace Wan-Bissaka in the squad, as he is happy with the options he has, although the same cannot be said for United, who will be sweating over the youngster’s fitness.
The FA did not reveal the severity of Wan-Bissaka’s injury and it may just be a precautionary measure that he has withdrawn, although United will be keen to get their physios to run the rule over him when he returns to their Carrington training base.
United certainly don’t have a wealth of options available should Wan-Bissaka face a period on the sidelines, as the likes of Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also currently on the treatment table.
Ashley Young would be another option to fill in at right-back, but he is currently covering on the other side of the pitch for Luke Shaw, who is not expected to return from the thigh injury he picked up against Crystal Palace until the end of this month at the earliest.
Wan-Bissaka has been an ever-present for United over the opening weeks of the new Premier League season and, although he has earned praise, as well as international recognition for his performances, defence is still an area of concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Indeed, the Red Devils have only managed to keep one clean sheet from their last 15 Premier League games and face a testing home clash with Leicester after the international break.
United’s Europa League campaign will also get underway later this month, which means the games are going to start coming thick and fast, so Solskjaer will want to get all his injured players, including Wan-Bissaka, back as quickly as possible.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.