Marcus Rashford has provided supporters with a positive update by confirming the knee injury he suffered in England training is just a ‘slight niggle’.
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that Rashford had picked up a ‘slight knock’ on Monday, the day before his England squad jetted off to Russia for the 2018 World Cup which kicks off on Thursday.
The 20-year-old also missed England’s first training session at their Repino base camp on Wednesday as concerns grew regarding his availability for Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia.
Rashford has since cooled suggestions that he won’t be at 100% by tweeting to his over-one millions followers on Wednesday afternoon.
Thanks for the messages I've been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about 👊🏾 #ThreeLions
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018
Manager Southgate was given a lot of food for thought in England’s final warm-up match against Costa Rica last week, as Rashford shone above everyone else to inspire a 2-0 win at Elland Road in Leeds.
It has been expected for a while now that Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and captain Harry Kane would make up the attack in Russia, at least in the first group game, but Rashford has certainly put himself in contention.
The 2018 World Cup will be the forward’s first ever as a professional and he’ll be hoping to impress Jose Mourinho ahead of the 2018-19 season.