Harry Maguire boosts England as a defender convinced of being fit for the European Championship

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Harry Maguire is confident to be fit for the Euro start on June 13 as England medical staff receive an update on his recovery after the defender returned to Man United for treatment

England’s medical staff monitored Harry Maguire’s progress on Friday when the Manchester United captain returned to Carrington for treatment.

The 28-year-old missed United’s last Europa League defeat to Villarreal after not recovering sufficiently from ankle ligament damage, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær saying ‘he wasn’t ready yet’.

But Maguire has every confidence to make it to the European Championship in 16 days.

Harry Maguire did not play in the Europa League final against Manchester United on Wednesday

England manager Gareth Southgate said he had been left in the dark about Maguire’s condition, despite naming him in his preliminary roster on Tuesday.

The £ 80 million center-back was treated on Friday morning, along with teammate Luke Shaw who injured his wrist during United’s final Europa League disappointment on Wednesday.

Both were monitored by United physios who spoke to their counterparts in England to provide updates on the duo’s condition.

Maguire will try to speed up his recovery from the injury he sustained against Aston Villa on May 9

Maguire will try to speed up his recovery from the injury he sustained against Aston Villa on May 9

England boss Gareth Southgate said he had been kept in the dark about Maguire's condition

England boss Gareth Southgate said he had been kept in the dark about Maguire’s condition

Maguire is undergoing further rehabilitation at home and is expected back in Carrington on Monday for further treatment as he struggles to be fit for June 13, when England face Croatia in their European Championship opener.

Maguire was the basis of England’s defense and his rapport with John Stones is key to Southgate’s plans.

Southgate will rely heavily on Maguire for his experience and leadership, so he will monitor his recovery closely and hope for no further setbacks.

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