Manchester United captain Harry Maguire suffers ankle ligament damage

 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced that captain Harry Maguire has sustained ankle ligament injury.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire suffers ankle ligament damage

Solskjaer expressed "hope" that he will be able to play again this season, with Euro 2020 set to begin next month.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old was in the stands at Old Trafford with crutches and a protective boot as his team faced Leicester City.

Maguire will now try to be fit for the Europa League final, which will take place on May 26.

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In the final, United will face Villareal in Poland.

On May 25, England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his Euro 2020 squad.

Maguire was injured during United's victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

"Obviously, we've had scans, and the good news is that there isn't a fracture," Solskjaer said.

"There is ligament damage, but he should be able to play again this season. Hopefully, I'll be set for the big game."

The match against Leicester on Tuesday was Maguire's first top-flight match since joining United in 2019.

Rio Ferdinand, a former United captain, said on BT Sport: "His heart must have been in his mouth as he walked off that pitch, wondering, "Am I going to be ready?"

"He'll be playing in his first major European cup final in the near future.

"I've had ankle ligament issues in the past, and you can't mess with them. Either you're fit or you're not. There is no true middle ground. The issue he has is that if he goes and plays and forces himself in [for the final], as he might do as captain, he is jeopardizing his Euros chances. It's a huge decision."


Chief football writer Phil McNulty

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After sustaining ankle ligament damage at Aston Villa, England boss Gareth Southgate will be hoping for a quick return to full fitness for Harry Maguire.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire suffers ankle ligament damage

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave a cautiously positive initial medical update on his captain, but the news will still cause some concern in the England camp as the Euros begin on June 13th.

Since emerging as one of the stars of England's run to the World Cup semi-final in Russia in 2018, the 28-year-old has been the backbone of Southgate's defense.

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With Liverpool's Joe Gomez out, John Stones making his way back onto the international stage, and the likes of Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady having never experienced the unique stresses of a major tournament, Maguire is even more important.

Maguire's expertise and leadership will be crucial for Southgate, so he'll be keeping a close eye on his recovery and hoping for no setbacks.

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