Marcus Rashford has returned to Manchester United training following an injury
Marcus Rashford has returned to Manchester United training after missing the last two England games due to injury.
Rashford was forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s squad after suffering an injury in United’s FA Cup win over Fulham last weekend.
There were doubts about his fitness for United’s trip to Newcastle this weekend, and while he is back running, he is in a race against time.
After a short break, the players returned to Carrington on Monday, with Rashford present.
Rashford took part in a small session separate from the main group, with no ball work and a focus on fitness instead.
The forward is the Red Devils’ leading goal scorer this season, netting 27 times in 47 games in a run that has seen him return to his best form.
He has, however, withdrawn from five of England’s last six non-tournament squads.
Southgate jumped to Rashford’s defense after his latest withdrawal, saying he had no problem with his decision and that his chances of being selected in the future would not be jeopardized.
‘Once he’s ruled out of the squad, it’s entirely up to him how he spends his time,’ Southgate said ahead of England’s victory over Ukraine, referring to Rashford’s vacation.
‘The players don’t get a lot of break. After tomorrow’s game, I’m sure our players will be flying somewhere. If they get 48 hours with their current schedule, I believe they should take advantage of it.’
United, who are vying to finish in the top four of the Premier League and win a treble this season, travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
They will then host Brentford on Wednesday next week, kicking off the final stretch of the Premier League season.