Marcus Rashford of Manchester United explains why he continues to play despite a shoulder injury ahead of surgery.
Marcus Rashford, an English forward, is preparing to undergo surgery to address a shoulder injury that hampered his performance in the Manchester United squad last season. The Englishman wrote an emotional note to fans ahead of the operation to clarify some accusations of selfishness levelled against him.
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Marcus Rashford’s surgery was necessary to prevent the injury from worsening earlier this month. To cope with the injury he suffered for months last season, the 23-year-old required painkilling injections. He chose the operation based on expert advice, which will cause him to miss the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Recognizing the outrage this has caused among some fans who are unaware of how long Marcus Rashford has been delaying surgery to play when he is not fully fit, the striker prompted the Englishman to explain why he has been delaying surgery and why it is now necessary for a Twitter post. It said:
Marcus Rashford writes;
“Manchester United rescued me and my family from a dire situation when I was 11 years old. I’ll always feel indebted to you. I’ll be there when the club needs me. I’ll take whatever role I can in assisting my boyhood club. At times, even to my detriment.
“I needed to feel a part of something again after being out of the game recovering from a double stress fracture and spending a lot of time away from team-mates and staff who had been a part of my life for as long as I could remember. I needed to feel like I was contributing.
“I’ve read that some people think I’m selfish for delaying surgery this season, but it’s never been about putting myself first, and that’s how we’ve gotten to this point, and it’s something I’ve had to learn the hard way as a 23-year-old.
“I need to listen to my body to ensure that I can play this game for as long as possible. Everyone has an opinion, but I am the only one who knows my body.”
The Red Devils striker took advantage of the opportunity to discuss his participation in Euro 2020, where he had a limited role and only played 83 minutes in five appearances:
“It’s difficult to put into words how it feels to represent your country. At such a big tournament, no one would ever turn that down if they had the option. You fantasise about those moments as a young boy or girl. What was another couple of weeks when I’d been deemed fit for the entire season and my injuries were being managed?
“I was training well and found a lot of comfort in the England camp after the Europe League final, despite the pain. Would I have gone to the Euros if I had known I wouldn’t have played a significant role? It’s wonderful to have the benefit of hindsight.
“I didn’t want to let anyone down, but I felt like I did at the end of last season based on my performances. When I step onto the field, I always give it my all. Physically, I couldn’t give it my all.
“I finished last season with 36 goal contributions, but more importantly, I finished with lessons learned. As they say, we live and learn, but my commitment to the club and the national team is unwavering. It’s been a long road, but I’m physically and mentally stronger as a result.”
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