Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping for Marcus Rashford fitness boost ahead of big week
Sat - December 5, 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Marcus Rashford can continue to manage a shoulder issue as Manchester United kick off a big week at West Ham.
The 23-year-old missed the first chunk of the year with a back injury and has impressed with his performances since football resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But Rashford is now dealing with a shoulder problem, which saw him pull out of England’s November internationals and come off in the second half of Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat to Paris St Germain.
Marcus Rashford has been struggling with a shoulder problem
Marcus Rashford has been struggling with a shoulder problem (Cath Ivill/Pool via AP)
Solskjaer has not given up on him featuring against West Ham on Saturday, which is followed by a make-or-break Champions League clash at RB Leipzig on Tuesday and Manchester City arriving at Old Trafford next weekend.
“Marcus has been training this morning, not fully but he’s joined in with the group,” the United boss said.
“Obviously his shoulder stopped him finishing the game, so he’s been getting treatment and hopefully he’ll be part of the squad that travels.
“He’s having treatment now after training.”
Rashford’s availability would be a welcome boost against West Ham but the ongoing issue raises questions about how to best handle the forward.
“Of course that’s a medical issue, how serious is it,” Solskjaer said.
“At the moment he’s getting that tiredness towards the end or that soreness towards the end that stops him from completing the games. Hopefully it won’t take too long to completely go away.
“But of course you think about how you manage these players throughout the whole season anyway.