Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has confirmed that his surgery to fix a longstanding shoulder problem has gone ‘very well’.
Despite scoring more than 20 goals in all competitions for the second season in a row, Rashford had been unable to perform at his best because of the troublesome shoulder for some time.
The 23-year-old opted to go under the knife after Euro 2020, meaning he now misses the start of the new Premier League season this month but has improved his chances of regaining full fitness in the long-term.
A few days since having the surgery, Rashford tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Thank you for all the well wishes. I had my surgery on Friday morning and everything went very well. A little sore but other than that I’m feeling good.”
United fans will now be counting down the days and weeks until he is able to resume training and return to the pitch for what could be a defining season for a developing squad.
Having been unfairly criticised for seemingly putting his own ambitions of playing at a major tournament before the club, Rashford eloquently justified his decision to delay the surgery in a social media post at the end of July.
“I’ve read some call me selfish for holding off getting the surgery this season but it was never about putting myself first and that’s how we’ve reached this point, and something, as a 23-year-old, I’ve had to learn the hard way,” the player explained.
“To guarantee I can play this game as long as possible, I need to listen to my body. Everyone has an opinion but no-one knows my body better than me.
“I had been deemed fit for the full season, and given my injuries were being managed, what was another couple of weeks? Managing the pain, I was training well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europa League final.
“In hindsight, if I had known I wouldn’t have played a significant role in the Euros, would I have gone? Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
“Physically, my 100 per cent just wasn’t possible. I’m walking away from last season with 36 goal contributions but, more importantly, I’m walking away with lessons learnt. We live and we learn, as they say, but what is never in doubt is my commitment to the club and the national team.”