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Rashford again absent from England training

Marcus Rashford was again absent from England training Credit: PA

Marcus Rashford was again absent from England training as the World Cup opener against Tunisia edged closer.

The 20-year-old bolstered his chances of starting Monday's Group G clash with a man-of-the-match display in the 2-0 friendly send-off win against Costa Rica last Thursday.

However, Rashford's hopes of featuring against Tunisia appear to be diminishing after missing a second day of training in Russia with a knee complaint.

The Football Association indicates it is a precautionary measure and manager Gareth Southgate called it a "slight knock" upon England's arrival.

Rashford also attempted to allay concerns about his fitness on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

"Thanks for the messages I've been getting," he posted.

"Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions"

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Rashford misses England training with knee strain

Marcus Rashford is fighting for an England starting spot. Credit: PA

Marcus Rashford sat out England's first training session in Repino with a knee strain, but ITV Sport understands his absence was just a precaution and the striker should be fit in time for Monday's opening World Cup match against Tunisia.

The 20-year-old picked up the problem in England's final training session at St George's Park before flying to Russia on Tuesday, though manager Gareth Southgate clarified that it was no more than a "slight knock".

Speaking to the media on landing at St Petersburg's Pulkovo airport, Southgate said: "Marcus took a slight knock but nothing too serious, so we will have a look at that ahead of tomorrow's session which is open for everyone to see.

"We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places, as you know."

Mourinho hopes Rashford's knee injury isn't serious

Rashford scored for United but had to be withdrawn later in the second half. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping for the best after Marcus Rashford limped off with a knee injury.

The 19-year-old forward secured a 1-0 victory at Benfica after his free-kick caught out teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar in Wednesday's Champions League encounter.

But shortly afterwards Rashford sat frustrated on the deck with a knee injury that forced him out of the Group A clash.

"Marcus Rashford, I thought was cramps because he was running so much that I thought it was about muscular fatigue," Mourinho said.

"But, no, he told me he was feeling something in his knee. It didn't look for me a big thing but you never know."

Phil Jones should return to fitness in Saturday's Premier League match at Huddersfield, but fellow centre-back Eric Bailly remains side-lined.

Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic continue their comeback from serious knee ligament injuries, while midfielders Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are currently out injured.

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