Marcus Rashford reveals he played through shoulder pain for ELEVEN MONTHS but is in ‘a much better place physically and mentally’ after successful surgery as he nears return
- Marcus Rashford has opened up about the troublesome shoulder injury he had
- The 23-year-old injured it last September and only underwent surgery in August
- He is now nearing a full return to action for Man United ahead of season debut
Marcus Rashford has revealed he battled through pain for almost a year to play for Manchester United and England last season.
The 23-year-old made 64 appearances in total for club and country during the 2020-21 campaign – but it was a term that was blighted by a shoulder injury suffered in September last year.
Rashford finally underwent surgery for the problem in August after 11 months of trying to shake the persistent niggle.
Marcus Rashford says he had a shoulder injury for 11 months before surgery in August
The 23-year-old is now nearing a return to first-team action after a successful operation
And now nearing his first appearance of the season, the forward says he is ‘in a much better place physically and mentally’ having undergone surgery.
‘My recovery is – I wouldn’t say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it – but I’m in a much better place physically and mentally,’ he told BBC Breakfast.
‘Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse, but now I’m fully free of that, I feel much better physically and mentally.’
Rashford returned to action on Wednesday, scoring twice in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers held behind closed doors. United won 3-0.
He could now feature for United on Saturday when they travel to Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Red Devils are fourth in the Premier League but pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa was followed up by a frustrating 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.
His return will provide a timely boost to under-fire Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer