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Rashford to play in friendly fixtures before Man Utd return

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Marcus Rashford is still ‘a few weeks off’ from a first-team return for Manchester United and is hoping to feature in behind-closed-doors friendlies before returning to senior action.

Rashford has stepped up his recovery from shoulder surgery, which has kept him out of the United squad so far this season after undergoing the operation to solve a long-standing problem after Euro 2020, and re-joined first-team training this week.

While some fans were hopeful that meant that he could return to the first-team before the upcoming international break, his brother and management team have moved to relax the expectations a little bit to ensure the 24-year-old doesn’t suffer with any setbacks.

Replying to journalist Henry Winter on Twitter, D N May Sports Management tweeted:

“He’s a few weeks off still and will need to get a few games in behind closed doors hopefully.”

United have done similar in recent weeks with Phil Jones, who is finally fit again after suffering with several injury problems since his last first-team appearance in January 2020. Jones featured in behind-closed-doors friendlies against Burnley and Stoke in recent weeks and is now appearing for the Under-23’s in order to try and work back to full fitness to get back into contention.

Rashford is likely to continue his training between now and the international break and it’s possible the club will look to organise a friendly during that break, as they did against Stoke last month.

In response to a fan asking when Rashford would return, D N May Sports Management stated that they had to wait as they “can’t rush and create setbacks.”

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