The team say their star man is doing well in his comeback from trauma, which proceeds while English soccer is suspended.

Marcus Rashford has been cleared to step up his recovery from a back injury after positive scans on the issue, Manchester United have verified.

England celebrity Rashford hasn’t featured for United since sustaining a dual stress fracture at the FA Cup third-round replay triumph over Wolves on January 15.

There were fears the 22-year-old, United’s top scorer this season with 22 goals, could miss the rest of the year and Euro 2020, which has since been postponed until next year.

With soccer almost entirely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford could well have the chance to return to action if and when the 2019-20 season is resumed.

United said on Monday: “The team can confirm that Marcus Rashford was cleared to step up his rehabilitation program after encouraging signs on his hottest scans. His progress will continue to be tracked by the club’s medical team during the present lockdown period.

“Rashford was working hard on his rehabilitation with medical staff in the Aon Training Sophisticated, prior to the coronavirus pandemic forced each the Reds to work independently at home.”

Talking to Sky Sports last week, Rashford said he was feeling”10 times better” because he worked towards a complete recovery.

“For me, today it is only about getting ready to build up to training and then playing games for the team,” he said.

“I am in a much better location. I’m much happier than I had been about a month ago, so things are looking positive.”

While not able to train or play soccer, Rashford has been contributing to the effort against the coronavirus pandemic by assisting charity FareShare to deliver food to local kids and families who usually rely on free school meals.

He advised the BBC: “In the past, I’ve done a great deal of work in relation to kids and when I learned about the colleges shutting down, I knew that meant free meals to get some children that they’re not getting at college.

“I recall when I was at college I was on free meals and my mom would not get home until about six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was lucky, and there are children in a whole lot more difficult circumstances that don’t receive their meals at houses.

“it’s quite important, it’s on top of my to-do list. In our generation, there are a whole lot of negative and positive influences. I am only trying to impact the next generation in a positive manner.”