Gareth Southgate reveals mysterious Manchester United is keeping England in the dark over an ankle injury threatening Harry Maguire’s Euros spot … and also admits Jack Grealish may have a hard time playing 90 minutes
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Manchester United is keeping him in the dark over the ankle injury threatening Harry Maguire’s place at the European Championship.
Maguire was included in England’s preliminary roster of 33 men for the European Championship, despite an injury that appears to have ruled him out of the Europa League final against Villarreal.
The United captain was injured in the Premier League clash against Aston Villa in early May and has not played since.
Gareth Southgate has revealed that England is being kept in the dark over Harry Maguire’s injury
Manchester United captain Maguire is undoubtedly a part in the Europa League final in Gdansk
Despite having selected Maguire in his first roster, which will be cut to 26 on Tuesday, Southgate claims United has been secretive about the extent of the injury to its main center-back.
At this point, Harry can play tomorrow night or he might be out for two months. I just do not know. I understand that from Man United’s point of view, ‘the English boss explained.
‘We had an initial assessment on Maguire that was positive in terms of the tournament, but there was always a little bit more swelling and further research.
Maguire was injured in early May, but has been included in England’s preliminary Euros selection
“I understand why clubs want to keep their cards close to their chest. It’s made it a bit more difficult, but I have no problem with United. We will know more in a few days. ‘
Maguire isn’t the only injury issue headed for the pre-tournament camp starting next week.
Jordan Henderson has not played after groin surgery since March, and Jack Grealish has only played 90 minutes once since February due to a shin injury.
Southgate admits there are concerns about Henderson, but hopes the Liverpool skipper will prove he is fit to be included in the full squad.
Southgate has also admitted that Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish may struggle to complete 90 minutes
‘What we have not yet been able to see is him on the field in a match situation. He is well on his way to becoming involved in the (friendly) matches, ‘said Southgate.
Regarding Grealish, Southgate added, “Jack may not have had the intensity of the workout. What we have to be careful about is how much load it can carry.
‘Can these guys go 90 minutes six times? Very unlikely I would say. ‘
Southgate was also adamant that Harry Kane’s unclear future at Tottenham would not be a distraction.
Harry Kane’s uncertain future at Tottenham won’t be a distraction, Southgate insists
Southgate said, “I don’t need to have a conversation with Harry Kane about focus or professionalism. He has one goal when he is with us and that is to win the European Championship. ‘
Southgate left the door ajar for Trent Alexander-Arnold to make his final 26-man squad after taking Liverpool right back into his extended match alongside debutants Ben White, Ben Godfrey and Aaron Ramsdale.
Eric Dier and Danny Ings were left out.