The ankle issue suffered by Harry Maguire looks set to keep him out of England’s game vs Croatia this weekend.
After missing Manchester United’s Europa League final with an injury, Harry Maguire’s woes will continue as EURO 2020 kicks off.
According to the Independent, the key United star is ‘set to miss’ England’s EURO 2020 opener with the same ankle ligament injury.
The 28-year-old is continuing rehab, with the rest of the 25-man squad putting in the work during a training session at St. George’s Park earlier today.
It always felt like a risk when Gareth Southgate picked Maguire for his squad, though now, it’s looking like an even bigger gamble than we thought.
Maguire hasn’t trained in the best part of a month at this point, and it’ll no doubt take him time to get back up to speed when he does return – putting his place in the side for England’s second game at risk already.
For Manchester United, the concerns about Maguire pushing himself too hard to play for his country are now real. The last thing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants is to see Maguire limp out of the European Championships, meaning he’d likely limp into the 2021/22 campaign.
At the time of the Europa League final, it felt like there was a real chance Maguire was going to be ready. Now, looking back, the United captain wasn’t even close which is a massive shame, considering he had been by far and away our best centre-half all year long.
I just hope that England don’t put Maguire’s health at risk. It would be so easy to throw the centre-back into a big game, only for him to not be anywhere close to full fitness. I’d like to think Southgate will be sensible with it and not take any chances whatsoever.
Get well soon, Harry!
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