Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears Harry Maguire will MISS Europa League final against Villarreal as Manchester United captain faces late fitness test to assess ankle injury ahead of trip to Gdansk
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears Harry Maguire will miss the Europa League final
- The Man United captain has been sidelined with an ankle ligament injury
- Solskjaer says Maguire will face a late fitness test ahead of Villarreal game
- United are winless in the three games played since Maguire’s ankle injury
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t expect Harry Maguire to be available for the Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal next week, but will give his captain every chance to prove his fitness for the game in Gdansk.
Maguire, who damaged ankle ligaments against Aston Villa earlier this month, raised hopes over his availability when he was seen without crutches or a protective boot on Thursday night.
But Solskjaer dampened the optimism by admitting that the England defender is still a some way off being fit.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears Harry Maguire will miss the Europa League final next Wednesday
The Man United captain has been sidelined in recent weeks with an ankle ligament injury
Maguire was spotted without his protective boot and crutches at an event on Thursday night
‘He’s walking but it’s a long way from walking to running,’ said the United boss. ‘To be honest I don’t think we’ll see him in Gdansk, no, but I’m going to give him until Tuesday night and the last training session to be out there. Steadily but surely he’s improving – but ligaments take time to heal.’
Solskjaer would still expect Maguire to play a part in Poland, adding: ‘He’s a very important person in the dressing-room and a leader.
‘Before fans came back in you heard him from the stands. He wants the team to do well, he’s organising from the stands. It’s easy because it’s been so quiet. He’ll make sure everyone’s ready for the final.’
Anthony Martial is also set to miss out on the final after Solskjaer revealed that the Frenchman is unlikely to return from a knee injury in the final Premier League game at Wolves on Sunday, although Fred and Scott McTominay are fit again.
Maguire will face a late fitness test but there are doubts over his availability for the final
United are winless in the three games played without Maguire since he picked up his injury
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