Newly-signed Talisman Rasmus Hojlund is seemingly battling a bad injury to his back which could reduce his playing time at the opening stages of the 2023/24 season.
Hojlund signed for Manchester United from Atalanta for a fee of £64 million and he is a promising young striker.
However, there could be a setback with his Old Trafford adventure which could be minor or major depending on what could subsequently occur.
Reports indicate that an MRI scan that was done during Rasmus Hojlund’s medical last week revealed a stress response hotspot in his back.
It has also been said that such injury could be the commencement of stress fractures in developing players.
The 20-year-old received a fanfare welcome at Old Trafford before Manchester United’s preseason game against RC Lens on August 5, 2023.
When will Rasmus Hojlund return from his injury lay off?
Manchester United fans would have to wait for a while before they see the Danish forward in competitive action.
From current standings, he wouldn’t feature in the Red Devils opening two matches of the season against Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur.
Inside sources at Old Trafford claim that Hojlund’s injury is more serious than Manchester United revealed after confirming his arrival.
The Red Devils stated that the Denmark International would take some time before becoming match fit due to a minor knock picked up in preseason with former club, Atalanta.
However, the English giants didn’t reveal the details about the type of injury Rasmus Hojlund is dealing with.
Despite fears over the Dane’s injury, there has also been some show of lack of bother from some Manchester United faithfuls.
This is as a result of witnessing even a worse injury lay off concerning stress fracture for Marcus Rashford.
Rashford was out of action for several months in the 2019/20 season after aggravating a double stress fracture in his back.
However, Rasmus Hojlund’s case isn’t as severe as that of Marcus Rashford and the club believe they can get him pumped up and ready for action soon enough.
Marcus Rashford has returned fitter and better
Rashford has since returned to action for Manchester United and many witnessed his reborn and menacing state last season.
Meanwhile, in spite of the clash of expectations and opinions, some medical sources have claimed that Hojlund might not be able to play two-matches in the space of a week for a while.
This is due to the fear of not aggravating a stress fracture, which could see the youngster be out of action for a lengthy time frame.
Stress response hotspots are often suffered by athletes who have passed through a high workload at a tender age.
Manchester United fans would continue to hope that for Rasmus Hojlund, his injury isn’t severe and he needs only a period of time to rest.
Erik Ten Hag’s side beat Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan to the signing of Hojlund and that says a lot about the quality he possesses.
For top clubs to come circling around the youngster, it surely should signify that he has got huge prospects and could become one of the best in the coming years.
He put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal with Manchester United, with the option of a further year.
The 20-year-old reportedly earns about £80,000 every week at the Old Trafford club.