When the season was paused in early March, one of our immediate reactions was how this could be a positive for Marcus Rashford.
If the season was to resume in May, or June, Rashford could come back and play a major part in our campaign.
At this stage there is no sight of a return date just yet, and that means more recovery time for United’s top goalscorer.
In comments made by Rashford to the UTD Podcast, the 22-year-old said he was ready to push himself to come back early, for United and England.
Rashford admitted he was planning to return below full fitness; a real concern.
Rashford said: “I was probably going to go back with the team towards the middle and end of April, but that would have been a push because I didn’t want to miss the summer.
“I doubt I would’ve been 100% fit going into that tournament or even finishing the season.
“A lot has changed. For my body, it’s been good to give it the full duration to rest.”
Rashford has had a lucky escape by not having the temptation to return too soon.
By playing when not 100 per cent fit, he would have risked further damage to his back, and stood a greater chance of picking up another injury.
At the end of the season with everything on the line, these are not the type of matches he could have eased back in. He would have had to be at full throttle.
Obviously United would have been cautious with Rashford given the criticism after the circumstances of his injury in January, but he was clearly going to be pushing himself to the limit to try and help the team win silverware and finish in the top four.
England would have been putting pressure on him to make Euro 2020, now with the tournament delayed by a year, that’s one less distraction for him.
Rashford’s back injury was serious; Robin van Persie warned he ‘may never fully recover’, having sustained a similar back fracture in his career [Mail].
It makes us feel uneasy to hear Rashford was planning to rush back below 100 per cent, and we are grateful he is getting a full rest which he clearly needed.
Whenever football does resume, Rashford will be raring to go, and will have benefitted from this time out of action.
He may have avoided serious long term damage thanks to this football break, and prolonged his fledgling career in the process.
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