The Manchester United striker hasn’t played a full 90 minutes yet this year and won’t while on international duty.
Rasmus Hojlund, a Manchester United striker, might get the start for Denmark against Finland on Sunday, but Kasper Hjulmand won’t keep him on the field for the entire game.
Hojlund just made his first season debut in the 3-1 loss to Arsenal last weekend, entering the game off the bench after 67 minutes. The 20-year-old had not played since Atalanta paid £72 million to get him to the club, and subsequent medical examinations had revealed a stress fracture in his back.
United did not want to push the young player, and the club and Denmark have discussed how to manage his playing time while on international duty.
The striker once more came off the bench for 30 minutes on Thursday in a 4-0 victory over San Marino. And Hjulmand acknowledges that even if his playing time may increase on Sunday, he won’t be pushed too hard too quickly.
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Regarding Hojlund and partner Andreas Christensen, Hjulmand said to Bold.dk, “They are both in it for it.” Hojlund is probably not prepared for 90 minutes, although Christensen is.
“The dilemma is therefore whether we should bring him right away or later. We must also take this into account while deciding whether or not we should allow two attackers inside at once.
Hojlund only trained for a week before starting the game against Arsenal, therefore he didn’t have a full preseason. There are obviously considerations concerning the fact that he is not anticipated to play 90 minutes at full strength, but they are both candidates for a starting position.
Hojlund will return to United after the international break having yet to play a complete 90 minutes this season thanks to Hjulmand’s admission, and Erik ten Hag will be able to continue managing his comeback to full fitness at the club level.