Marcus Rashford makes hopeful vow about eventual return

Marcus Rashford is set to be sidelined for months with a back problem aggravated in last week’s 1-0 win over Wolves.

The duration of his absence has been debated and the Guardian quoted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raising the prospect he could miss Euro 2020 with England.

But Rashford has taken to Twitter to say he will be back before the end of the Premier League season, with designs on helping United into the top four.

Gareth Southgate will hope to see Rashford back on top form ahead of the summer tournament, while Solskjaer will hope his squad are within striking distance of the top four by the time he comes back.

The fact that United could hardly afford to live without Rashford was a major factor in his injury not being managed carefully enough and becoming worse.

So it remains to be seen if they will still be in contention for the Champions League spots by the time he returns.

But the good news is he appears convinced he will be back before the season ends.

With the talk around Rashford intensifying, it’s good to get an update from the horse’s mouth, as well as hear him underline what he feels United are capable of achieving this season.

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Rashford must not rush back

As much as Rashford’s enthusiasm to return to action should be lauded, it’s imperative that he isn’t rushed back.

It’s clear that mismanagement and overuse has played a part in his back issue getting worse and ruling him out.

United and Rashford must learn from the scenario and put the player’s long term fitness first.

Rashford has been vital for United this season but they need him to be an important figure for years and years to come and cannot afford to let short-termism come ahead of his long term future.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.