Expert predicts when Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane will make injury returns


An injury expert believes England stars Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford will play again before the end of the season – providing they don’t suffer any setbacks.

Tottenham striker Kane is currently recovering from hamstring surgery, while Man Utd’s Rashford has suffered a double stress fracture to his back.

The England duo are both due a lengthy spell on the sidelines as a result of their respective problems, and now face a battle to be fit for the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 campaign.

Current prognoses suggest Kane will be ruled out until at least the end of March, with Rashford likely to return beyond that date.

But fears over the seriousness of their injuries – particularly in the case of Rashford – has led to concerns they could miss the rest of the season entirely.

Harry Kane has had surgery on his hamstring
Harry Kane has had surgery on his hamstring

Analyst Ben Dinnery, from Premier Injuries, has compared the pair to those who have suffered similar injuries, and told ITV: ““There are no guarantees whatsoever but the data strongly suggests they’ll both be fit [for Euro 2020].

“It’s likely they will get three to four competitive games before the end of the season which could actually stand England in good stead, because by the start of the Euros they should be firing. Of course, it would have to be a smooth recovery, there can’t be any major setbacks.”

Kane suffered a tear in his hamstring in the FA Cup third round tie with Middlesbrough earlier this month.

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Rashford suffered a double stress fracture of his back
Rashford suffered a double stress fracture of his back

His surgery was said to have been a success, but the injury is similar to one that hampered former England striker Michael Owen’s playing career.

Dinnery added: “Tottenham’s timeline of Kane returning in April is very realistic, it’s not some sort of punt to try and appease supporters.

“From what we’ve seen, Kane has always been a quick healer, he’s always returned on schedule or even ahead of time.”

Rashford picked up his knock in the same competition, after United played the forward in the third round replay against Wolves, despite prior concerns over his fitness.

The 21-year-old lasted just 16 minutes after coming off the bench, before being substituted off again in agony.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara suffered the same injury during his career, which took him over eight months to recover from.

In contrast, Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen was back playing within 68 days – a time frame resembling the one Rashford has been given.

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Should each player return as expected, they would be back in action around Easter.

Even the slowest of recoveries for Kane, based on others who have suffered a similar issue, would still see him back on the pitch before the season finishes.

However more than half of the players who have suffered the same injury as Rashford took longer to return than is being suggested, which would give him just three matches before the season ends if there are no further difficulties.

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