Harry Maguire gives England a boost in his Euro 2020 fitness race as he says ankle injury is ‘getting better’ after Gareth Southgate admitted it will be a ‘tight’ decision whether the Man United star can play at the tournament this summer
Harry Maguire has revealed that his ankle injury is ‘improving and getting better’ as he fights to be fit for the English European Championship campaign.
The 28-year-old centre-back has been sidelined since he was knocked out on May 9 during Manchester United’s Premier League win over Aston Villa.
He missed United’s defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final last week and England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted it will be a ‘tight’ decision whether Maguire can be involved in Euro 2020, with the Three Lions canceling their group matches against Croatia kick off on June 13.
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England defender Harry Maguire has revealed his ankle injury is ‘improving and getting better’
Gareth Southgate has warned it will be a ‘tight’ decision whether Maguire can play at Euro 2020
The 28-year-old has been out since picking up the knockout during Manchester United’s Premier League win over Aston Villa on May 9.
Despite his absence at the end of the season, Maguire was included in the final 26-man squad for the tournament and is focusing on getting back to full fitness ‘as soon as possible’.
‘The fear I had missed everything’ he told The Sun.
“I knew it was a serious injury. When I got the results of the scan I knew I was unlikely to make it to the Europa League final, but we never ruled it out either.
“I would jump out of bed and strain my ankle, which I probably shouldn’t have done, and test to see if the pain was still there. Every morning I woke up wishing the pain would be gone. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“I knew it was very unlikely that I would start in the Europa League final, but I hoped I would play a part. However, it was out of reach and just not possible.
“Ahead of the final, I still couldn’t walk on the ankle. But it’s getting better and better now, so I’m just looking forward to the European Championship.
Maguire is currently racing to be fit for England’s first group match against Croatia on June 13
“In general, I try to play through injuries. I know it wasn’t the impact of the challenge at Villa that caused it. It was more of a twist so when I did I knew it would be some sort of tire damage. And of course it was really bad timing for myself.
“To play so many games and not get a lot of injuries, but then miss the Europa League final and the end of the season for Manchester United was a disappointment for the club and myself.
“I didn’t take many hits. You have weird tackles, people fall for you, you twist things, but I have avoided muscle injuries. But I look forward to coming back as soon as possible.”