Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United forward, returned to full training on Friday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery.
Since going on as a substitute in the Euro 2020 final in July, the 23-year-old England international has not played.
He had been suffering with a shoulder ailment for months and had surgery at the beginning of August.
"Today was Marcus' first full training session with contact," United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated.
Several tackles were thrown at him, but he appeared to be unharmed, which was encouraging."
Solskjaer criticized the timing of matches during a press conference before Saturday's Premier League match versus Everton at Old Trafford (12:30 BST).
United defeated Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but will play again less than 72 hours later, while Manchester City and Liverpool will face in the Premier League on Sunday.
"We had no explanation," Solskjaer remarked, "but it's TV, of course." "There isn't a single iota of basic sense here. We faced a similar situation last season when we were in Turkey and returned to play.
"We had no explanation," Solskjaer remarked, "but it's TV, of course." "There isn't a single iota of basic sense here. We had a similar situation last season when we were in Turkey and returned to play." Both United and Chelsea played on Wednesday and could have easily played on Sunday, while City and Liverpool might have played on Saturday.
"It's possible that common wisdom isn't so common."
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