Marcus Rashford’s back workout with a ball and a coach – and has a new tattoo to boot – as the Manchester United star accelerates his recovery from injury before joining his teammates at Carrington for coronavirus tests
- Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was shown in the picture this weekend
- The 22-year-old was snapped with a ball and a coach during several exercises
- Rashford sustained a major back injury to Wolves in the FA Cup in January
- But the English international is now on the road to recovery and fit to return
- The striker also left for Carrington for a coronavirus test with his teammates
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford was trained on Sunday with a member of the club’s fitness staff – with the striker later heading to Carrington for a coronavirus test.
The 22-year-old, who sustained a major back injury to Wolves in January, participated in several ball-to-foot exercises on Altrincham’s Moss Lane grounds, ahead of United’s expected return to their training base next week.
Rashford will play a role in the club’s Champions League push when the season resumes, having stepped up his return to action as he had more time to recover from the double stress fracture.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford trained with an employee of the club on Sunday
The 22-year-old took part in some exercises with a ball at his feet on Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received a lot of criticism for playing Rashford in the FA Cup game, although he admitted just a week earlier that the star already had a knock.
The club feared that Rashford would be excluded for the remainder of the campaign, but the England international fought back into the fray during the sport’s suspension.
And as part of the Premier League’s ambitious Project Restart proposals, top flyers will undergo Covid-19 testing prior to a return to training.
The United players were only in Carrington for 15 minutes each for their tests and came intermittently to ensure social distance.
Paul Pogba reported to Carrington with players from United who underwent their coronavirus tests
Anthony Martial also arrived at the facility, and stars were limited at 15-minute intervals
The club set up a test station in the parking garage of the complex to prepare for the arrival of the team and the staff.
In addition to Rashford, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were among the reporters pictured for their tests – with reportedly at least nine first team stars arriving over Sunday.
Groups of United players have trained together for the past few days after lockdown measures in the UK eased.
Daniel James and Luke Shaw worked together on Friday, with Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira also testing each other the day before.
United has set up a Covid-19 test station to prepare for an expected return to training
Andreas Pereira has revealed that players will initially be limited to training in groups of six
Pereira has shed light on United’s plans for a return to training earlier this month, with stars initially preparing to restart the season in small groups.
He told Globo Esporte: ‘We had a meeting and were told that if everything goes well, we will start training again in groups of six on May 18. If that goes well, a week or two later, we can train as a group.
“There will initially be six players training and there won’t be much contact between us. We will still be separated and train in different parts of the field. These precautions must be followed.
“I don’t know yet who will be in my group.”
And boss Solskjaer revealed last week that he expects to be able to choose from a fully fit team, with the campaign resuming in mid-June.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he expects to choose from a fully fit team when the season starts again
“Of course we are trying to continuously improve, develop as a team, and now we have a full selection to choose from, and hopefully we took care of ourselves in the two months that we weren’t there,” he said.
“We just have to play it by ear and hope they click early. But first let’s train again and hopefully we can play soon. ‘
United have not played since March 12 when they faced LASK Linz in the Europa League, and were fifth in the Premier League when the season ended.
The remaining top flights will be played behind closed doors, but the Premier League, clubs, players and the government will hold more talks before the restart date is officially confirmed.