Marcus Rashford has been urged by Manchester United to build up his upper body muscular mass in order to cope with the physical demands of Premier League football.
The ramifications of missing only a few games since breaking onto the forefront in the 2015-16 season have finally caught up with the 23-year-old in recent months, and last year, he missed time due to a double back fracture. This summer, he decided to get surgery for a bothersome shoulder ailment after representing England at Euro 2020.
He's been rehabbing since then, but he should make his long-awaited return on Saturday when his side travels to Leicester City.
Now, the Red Devils want Rashford to start lifting weights and bulk up his upper body, according to the Daily Mail.
Rashford added 4kg of muscle to his lower body throughout his recovery phase. However, because his shoulder injury limited the amount of upper-body training he could undertake, this gain in mass has not been duplicated above the waistline.
United will be hoping that by bulking up, Rashford becomes more robust, since losing him for an extended period like they have this season would be devastating.
Will he start against the Foxes?
Despite the fact that he will be available for selection against the Foxes, he is unlikely to start. Not only has he only recently returned from injury, but United also has a plethora of offensive options vying for spots.
Summer signings Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani, will all need to be accommodated this season.
The game against Leicester is crucial for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team, regardless of how they line up, given that they've only won one of their last four games across all competitions, and they need to keep up with the early pace-setters.