Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has revealed that he is in a “much better place” in his recovery from the back injury that has kept him sidelined since January.
Before the season was halted earlier this month, there were fears at United and England that the double stress fracture suffered by the 22-year-old would rule him out of the rest of the campaign.
The striker has been working hard to regain fitness for whenever the season resumes, currently set for April 30 at the earliest, and said he is feeling good.
“I feel much better,” he told Sky Sports News. “I have a scan in another couple of days so it’ll solidify it then but I feel, comparing it to two or three weeks ago, 10 times better and for me now it’s just about getting ready to build it back up to training and playing games with the team.
“I’m in a much better place, I’m much happier than I was about a month ago so things are looking positive.”
With government advice to stay at home, Rashford explained how – given his recovery programme – the current state of play has had little impact on his recovery work.
“Everyone is just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can,” he said.
“I’ve just been in my house, doing my gym and recovery work, reading books, watching Netflix, just whatever you can do to make the time pass really.
“There’s not really anything that comes close to that feeling of being in the changing room and in the team in my opinion. So to be honest I’m not trying to chase that high. I had to have time off anyway because of my injury.
“But I’m fortunate enough to have a bike in the gym downstairs so not much in that sense has actually changed for me because I can still do my daily routine that I was doing.”
Rashford scored 19 goals and assisted five others in 31 appearances before his serious back injury.
In other news, United have reportedly drafted up a contract offer that they hope will convince Odion Ighalo to remain at the club next season.
Ighalo is scheduled to go back to China at the end of May when his loan deal from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua expires.