Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has said that he is in a much better place physically and mentally as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery.
The attacker sustained the problem in September last year, but he persisted playing with the concern until August when it was confirmed that he underwent an operation.
Rashford recently scored a brace against Blackburn Rovers in a behind closed doors friendly, and he is widely expected to make his comeback after the international break.
Speaking to BBC Sport earlier today, Rashford said that he is recovering from the surgery but acknowledged that he is entirely free from pain after playing with a shoulder concern for nearly a year.
He said: “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.”
“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 has been one of United’s most consistent attackers over the past few years.
The 23-year-old bagged 21 goals and 15 assists from 57 matches for the club last season.
The Red Devils bolstered their wide attacking options this summer with the big-money purchase of Jadon Sancho, but the Englishman has yet to make any noticeable impact.
Sancho could be eased into proceedings in his debut campaign. Rashford has excelled from the left wing in recent seasons, and he could be a regular starter when he is fit and firing.
Sancho’s struggles have contributed to Paul Pogba regularly operating on the left flank in the early part of the season, but heading into the festive period, he could feature in his regular central midfield role.
Rashford was almost an ever-present figure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer across all competitions last term.
The academy graduate will have a crucial role to play as United look to mount a serious league title challenge.
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