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Maguire offers optimistic injury update ahead of Euro 2020

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After missing the end of the season due to an ankle injury, the defender will be hoping to recover in time to represent his nation.

Harry Maguire offers an optimistic injury update ahead of Euro 2020 saying his ankle is “improving and getting better”.

Maguire was forced out of the pitch in Manchester United’s 3-1 Premier League win over Aston Villa on May 9 after suffering ankle ligament damage. The injury prevented him from taking part in United’s remaining games of the season, including the Europa League final, which they lost following a prolonged penalty shootout.

Despite the injury, he was named in England’s 26-man squad for this summer’s European tournament. The Three Lions kick off their campaign by hosting Croatia at Wembley on June 13, and the Man United captain is hopeful he can regain fitness in time for the match.

“The fear that I had was missing everything,” Maguire told The Sun. “I generally try to play through injuries. It was more of a twist, so when I did that, I knew it would be some sort of ligament damage.

“When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would make the Europa League final – but we also never ruled it out.

“I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there.

“Every morning I woke up wishing the pain would be gone. Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part.

“However, it was out of reach and just not possible. Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle. Obviously, it was really bad timing for myself.  

“But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”