Marcus Rashford and three other Manchester United first-team players returned to training on Wednesday in a major boost for their Europa League quarter-final second-leg trip to Sevilla.
Rashford suffered a groin injury in United’s 2-0 win over Everton on April 8 and was subsequently ruled out for “a few games”.
Although not deemed a serious injury, Rashford’s form this season has seen his importance to United increase exponentially, with his 28 goals across all competitions already comfortably his best season.
Therefore his absence was a frustrating blow to United and manager Erik ten Hag, but there appears to be a chance he could feature at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday.
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In the first of two games Rashford missed, United remarkably surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to Sevilla, with a couple of freak own goals late on allowing Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side to rescue a 2-2 draw that never looked plausible such was the hosts’ dominance.
Luke Shaw, Marcel Sabitzer and Tyrell Malacia – the scorer of one of those own goals against Sevilla – were also back on the training pitch on Wednesday.
Shaw has not played since sustaining an unspecified injury during the 1-0 win over Brentford on April 5.
His return would be particularly welcome following the news of Lisandro Martinez being ruled out for the rest of the season with a metatarsal injury, as Shaw has regularly filled in at centre-back this season.
Sabitzer’s issue was also not made known to the media after his late withdrawal from the starting XI to face Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The Austrian scored both of United’s goals in the first leg against Sevilla, though he may find it difficult to get back into the side on Thursday given the high standard exhibited by his replacement Christian Eriksen in the 2-0 victory at the City Ground.
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