Marcus Rashford has returned to the Manchester United training ground to complete his rehabilitation after a successful shoulder surgery.
Rashford had suffered from shoulder pain throughout the 2020/21 club campaign that led to Euro 2020, where he played a minor role when England reached the final.
The 23-year-old was indispensable for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season and played a total of 59 games for club and country from the start of the Premier League season to the start of the European Championship. Amazingly, this equates to an average of one game every 4.2 days.
The England international had a decent single season in red, scoring 21 goals and providing 15 assists, a key factor in United’s second place and Europa League final. Understandably, his performance declined towards the end of the campaign as the pain from the prolonged shoulder injury became too great.
The injury has prevented Rashford from lifting heavy weights in the gym, affecting his ability to build muscle and maintain his body. The lightning-fast striker admitted: “Of course I’m not doing my best and what I know I can do.
“Whatever that is, it doesn’t matter as it has been since the beginning of the season. I managed to get through the season with United.”
“I think I’ve had 36 goals so I can’t look back on the year and say, ‘Mmm, I should have taken time off to do this and do that. That’s just not how I see things. I just want to be available for every game. “
The operation was considered a breeze after the striker consulted with Solskjaer, the club’s medical staff and specialists. Among the excellent medical team, it is now expected that Rashford will have the remainder of his treatments in Carrington, with a 10-12 week postoperative time frame before he should be back on the job.
After his limited role in the Euro 2020 campaign, fans wondered if Rashford should have missed the tournament to undergo surgery earlier this summer. In a post on social media following the final defeat to Italy, he openly admitted that his mind was cleared at the start of the new season.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling of representing your country. Given the choice, nobody would turn down in such a big tournament. As a little boy or girl you dream of these moments of the season and since my injuries were treated, what were a few more weeks?
“With the pain I trained well and found a lot of comfort in the English camp after the Europa League final. If I had known in retrospect that I would not have played a significant role in the European Championship, would I have left? It was a wonderful thing , Is not it…”
When Rashford finally returns, he will be expected to play an important role for United as they compete for the greatest honors in club football. United have strengthened their roster with Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, who are expected to take on some of United’s number 10 gaming load.
Before returning to Carrington, United boss Solskjaer is confident that Rashford will be revitalized and ready to lead United to success.
“Of course it’s always a tough time when you’re out with an injury, but it’s also time to think and find yourself again,” Solskjaer told the United website.
“That’s what we hope Marcus will happen.”