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Marcus Rashford has successfully undergone shoulder surgery and is ‘feeling good’ as he begins the road to recovery.
The Manchester United forward had been playing with several injuries for the last year, with his shoulder problem being the most troubling after suffering a muscle tear.
Rashford has been keen to go under the knife to fix the problem but put off having surgery until after Euro 2020 in order to represent England at this summer’s tournament.
The 23-year-old finally had the surgery on Friday and provided a positive update on his condition on Tuesday afternoon.
“Thank you for all the well wishes,” he Tweeted. “I had my surgery on Friday morning and everything went very well.
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“A little sore but other than that I’m feeling good. Hope you’re all having a great day!”
He accompanied the post with a love heart emoji as well as a photograph of himself making a peace sign with his arm in a sling and bandages on his left shoulder.
The lengthy rehabilitation period is set to keep Rashford on the sidelines until around October, meaning he will miss a sizeable chunk of the Premier League season and United’s Champions League group stage campaign.
Rashford received criticism from some quarters for putting off the surgery in order to play for England this summer, rather than having it earlier so he wouldn’t miss as much football for his club.
But the striker hit back at those comments last month and wrote: “I needed to feel like I was playing my part. 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.
“To guarantee I can play this game as long as possible I need to listen t my body. Everyone has an opinion but no one knows my body better than me. It’s hard to describe the feeling of representing your country. Given the choice, no one would ever turn that down at such a big tournament.
“Managing the pain I was training well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europa League final. On 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…
“I didn’t want to let anyone down but ultimately looking at some of my performances towards the end of last season I felt like I was. When I step on the pitch I always give 100%.”