Marcus Rashford has been ruled out for between two and three months with a double stress fracture, which is a major blow for Manchester United.
One former Reds striker who had his fair share of injury problems during his playing days was Robin van Persie and he has offered some insight into Rashford’s injury and potential recovery.
Rashford will have one eye on rushing back and being ready for Euro 2020, but van Persie believes the problem must be managed carefully.
What did he say?
As per Optus Sport, van Persie said: “I had a similar injury, a stress fracture in my lower back, I was out with that for four months. You can’t really do much.
“You have to just rest and let it heal but it is a difficult one because it always stays a little bit of a weak spot. Even now, it’s not that I’m in pain but it is a sensitive area.
“So he has to be really careful with that. It is a big blow for Manchester United.”
Van Persie has offered some strong insight and it’s clear that he must be managed carefully.
Squad depth has played a part
Solskjaer trimmed United’s squad in the summer but suitable replacements were not secured.
That left United short up front to the extent that Rashford has hardly had a proper rest all season.
He was managing the pain but then was summoned from the bench on Wednesday against Wolves and the problem has been aggravated.
If United had more depth, he could have been managed more carefully.
And that same lack of strength in reserve means Rashford’s absence will hit United incredibly hard.
Despite Van Persie’s warning, Rashford vows to be back better than ever.
That’s the type of positivity we want to see. Rashford has only just been ruled out, but his return can’t come quickly enough.
Let’s hope we are still in contention for the top four and silverware when he returns.
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