Marcus Rashford marks return from injury by scoring twice in behind-closed-doors friendly

Marcus Rashford returned from injury with a bang as he scored twice for Manchester United in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn Rovers.

The friendly marked the 23-year-old's first appearance since the Euros after he had shoulder surgery in the summer.

The forward was deemed fit enough to play after seeing a consultant and returned to full training at Carrington last week.

Rashford hasn't featured for the Red Devils since his disappointing display in the Europa League final defeat to Villareal in May.

But the 23-year-old revealed on Twitter last week that he could return to training if given the green light.

'I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation. All being well, I will get the green (light) to join in with contact training again,' he posted.

Rashford, who has missed eight matches in all competitions so far this term for United, had also been managing an ankle ligament tear which he sustained in March but his spell on the sidelines has allowed that to heal.

United confirmed that Rashford would be going under the knife following a short holiday and rest away from football in July.

They explained how both the club and player felt it was the right time to address the ongoing issue with his shoulder.

They also outlined how Rashford had been struggling with the problem ever since he tore the muscle in November but he had continued to play through the pain barrier for United and then England during Euro 2020.

He still managed to score 21 goals and register 13 assists in 46 appearances last term, which left many pondering what numbers he could produce once fully fit.

He didn't feature as much as he would have liked for Gareth Southgate's Three Lions in their rampant Euros run and sadly his campaign ended on a sour note when he missed a spotkick in England's final penalty shootout against champions Italy.

The England international's return to action and the fact he started the game could indicate that he is in contention to face Leicester once the Premier League returns after the international break.

Speaking last week, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he hoped Rashford could be available after the break.

'Marcus is fit, he's worked really hard, but he's not had any contact [until now]. If his shoulder can take the contact now, he should be ready after the internationals,' he said, via the Manchester Evening News.

United are using the international breaks to strengthen squad sharpness and United's other players who haven't gone on international duty were also expected to feature against Blackburn.

In the September international break, United welcomed Stoke City to Old Trafford as a second-string side lost 4-3.

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