Rashford opens up on timing of surgery and playing through pain at Euro 2020
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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has provided an honest account of why he has decided to now undergo shoulder surgery.
The England star suffered with the problem through much of last season.
And the 23-year-old even played through the pain at Euro 2020 this summer.
Rashford's timing to finally have treatment on the injury has been questioned by some ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United gave their full support to the goalscorer after a demanding season at Old Trafford and summer away with England.
And Rashford has now spoken out to explain his decision-making process.
On his social media accounts, Rashford posted: "When I was 11 years old @manchesterunited helped me and my family out of a really difficult situation. I will always feel indebted. When the club needs me, I’ll be there. Any role I can play in helping my boyhood club I’m going to do it. Even to my detriment at times.
"Having been out of the game recovering from the double stress fracture, and having spent a lot of time away from teammates and staff who’d been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, I needed to feel a part of something again. 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 to 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. As a little boy or girl you dream of those moments. I had been deemed fit for the full season, and given my injuries were being managed, what was another couple of weeks?
"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 of 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%. Physically my 100% just wasn’t possible.
"I’m walking away from last season with 36 goal contributions, but more importantly I’m walking away with lessons learnt. We live and we learn as they say but what is never in doubt is my commitment to the club and the national team. It’s been a hard one but I’m coming back physically and mentally stronger. Thank you for all of the kind messages."
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