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“It was not possible” – Harry Maguire reflects on missing Europa League final

Harry Maguire has given a positive fitness update to England fans by revealing that his ankle injury is “improving and getting better”.

Manchester United’s skipper has been ever-present for his club since joining from Leicester City in 2019 in an eye-catching £85 million deal. 

He went on to make 72 Premier League appearances without missing a single minute of action.

However, he was struck with an ankle injury against Aston Villa last month which forced him to miss the remaining fixtures of the season.

He even failed to regain his fitness for the Europa League final clash against Villarreal which the Red Devils lost in a penalty shoot-out.

The 28-year-old’s place in England’s team for the European Championships was in serious doubt due to his injury.

Despite him not being fully fit, Gareth Southgate named Maguire in the final 26-man squad for the tournament.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “The fear that I had was missing everything.

“I knew it was quite a bad injury. 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.

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

The Three Lions supporters will be hoping that the centre-back will regain his fitness before the start of the tournament.

His presence at the heart of England’s defence will be crucial in determining how far they can advance this summer.

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