Maguire ligament damage confirmed but Man Utd hopeful over Europa League final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire has suffered ligament damage but remains hopeful the Manchester United captain will be back for the Europa League final.

Maguire hobbled out of United’s win over Aston Villa after 78 minutes at the weekend after a hefty collision with teammate Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan fell into his skipper as he tried to tackle Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi, landing awkwardly on Maguire’s ankle.

After attempting to continue following treatment, Maguire quickly conceded defeat and was replaced by Eric Bailly, leaving United sweating over his fitness.

But speaking ahead of the clash vs Leicester on Tuesday, Solskjaer did his best to put a positive spin on the situation.

Harry Maguire has ligament damage but is expected to make a fairly swift return
Harry Maguire has ligament damage but is expected to make a fairly swift return

“He’s obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture,” the United boss said.

“The good news is that he [Maguire] has not broken anything, it is just ligament damage and we hope to see him again before the Europa League final.”

Maguire is at least ruled out for the visit of Liverpool on Thursday, with United then welcoming Fulham on Tuesday before the finale to their Premier League campaign against Wolves at Molineux next Sunday.

He does then have only three days to prove his fitness for the final against Villarreal however, which takes place in May 26.

The news will come as a concern to England boss Gareth Southgate too, who will be keen to have his defender back in action ahead of the Euros this summer, given he is already without Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

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Meanwhile Solskjaer recalled Bailly to the starting XI to host Leicester among 10 changes he made to his line-up as he juggled his squad for the third of four matches his side play in eight days.

Teenager Anthony Elanga was handed his senior debut by Solskjaer – the 14th United academy graduate to do so under his management.

Discussing his team selection Solskjaer admitted: “That was the only way to do it, that is the strongest we can get but I am looking forward to it.

“These boys will do everything they can for the team and it is a chance for them to play their way into the next game against Liverpool.”



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