England’s Harry Maguire gets ‘better’ if defender boosts Euro fitness

England's Harry Maguire gets 'better' if defender boosts Euro fitness


LONDON: Harry Maguire said on Wednesday that his ankle injury is improving and getting better as the English defender wants to recover in time for Euro 2020.

Maguire has been out of action since suffering ankle injuries when he played for Manchester United in the Premier League win at Aston Villa on May 9.

The 28-year-old missed United’s defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final last week, but was still named in the English squad for the European Championship.

The English manager, Gareth Southgate, conceded that it would be a ‘strict’ call whether Maguire could be involved with the Three Lions’ group leader against Croatia on 13 June.

“The fear I had missed everything. I knew it was quite a serious injury,” Maguire told The Sun.

“I jumped out of bed and laid down my ankle weight, which I probably should not have done, and tested it to see if the pain was still there. Every morning I woke up and wished the pain had disappeared. Not too be not.

“Before the final (Europa League) I still could not run on the ankle. But it is improving and getting better now, so I’m just looking forward to the Euros.

“I’re generally trying to play through injuries. I know it was not the impact of Villa’s challenge that caused it. It was more of a twist, and when I did, I knew it was some kind of ligament damage. and that was obviously a bad timing for me.

‘To play so many games at the turn and not get so many injuries, but then to miss the Europa League final and the end of the season for Manchester United, was disappointing for the club and myself.

‘I have not picked up many beats yet. You have a freak tackles, people falling on you, you twist things, but I avoided muscle injuries. But I look forward to coming back as soon as possible. ‘