Manchester United could receive a huge injury boost ahead of their upcoming Premier League encounter against Leicester City after key forward Marcus Rashford scored twice in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
The 23-year-old is yet to feature for United this season after undergoing surgery for a persistent shoulder injury over the summer following his exploits for England in Euro 2020.
But now, The Athletic’s Red Devils reporter Laurie Whitwell has provided an update on Rashford’s situation, hinting the youngster’s return to first-team action is edging ever closer.
He tweeted: “Told Marcus Rashford scored twice in a closed-doors friendly against Blackburn Rovers today. 3-0 win for #MUFC but more importantly, Rashford returning to some match action after three months out. Good timing for a tough run ahead.”
In Rashford’s absence, United have made a stuttering start to the new season, falling to defeats against Young Boys, West Ham and Aston Villa while being held to draws by both Southampton and Everton.
As a result, the Old Trafford outfits manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted that the versatile attacker is close to making a comeback.
Only Bruno Fernandes topped Rashford’s Premier League tallies of 11 goals and nine assists, respectively last term, while none of his teammates could match his average total of 2.2 dribbles per league game, as per WhoScored.
If the academy graduate is able to feature in United’s matchday squad against Leicester a week on Saturday, then it will be a huge boost for Solskjaer heading into a tricky run of fixtures.
The 20-time English champions are set to face Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea before the end of November, and Rashford’s availability could turn those fixtures in their favour.