England’s lone player missing from training on Wednesday was Harry Maguire, as the team resumed its preparations for their European Championship opening against Croatia. On Sunday, Gareth Southgate’s men face their 2018 World Cup semi-final opponents at Wembley Stadium in Group D. Manchester United captain Maguire is expected to miss that game due to an ankle ligament injury suffered last month at Aston Villa.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old was continuing his rehab and working out in the gym while the other 25 members of the Euro 2020 squad trained at St George’s Park.
Bukayo Saka rejoined the squad after missing Sunday’s friendly against Romania due to a hip injury. Jordan Henderson also worked out as he worked to regain his fitness after groin surgery in February.
Southgate has previously stated that both players, who are captains of their respective teams, were chosen for their experience. However, there is now a chance that Maguire, in particular, will miss the entire tournament owing to an ankle ailment.
His manager said: “With any injury, it’s impossible to predict 100 per cent.
“Our medical team is pleased with his progress, and particularly over the last couple of days. We know there is always that risk, but all of the guides is that he should be available, and it’s a case of when he can slot back into training with the group and how quickly we can progress him.”
“But of course there is always that risk with any injury that you only have to have one minor setback, and two or three days here and there really affects those timelines.”
“So I’m very realistic about that. We’ve picked a squad on the basis that if we didn’t have him, we’ve got the players to come in, and if he’s able to be fit and available, then that’s a bonus for us.”
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