Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has opened up on the injury that ruled him out of the UEFA Europa League last month.
In an interview with The Sun, the defender admitted that he tried everything to be fit for the game which his side eventually lost in post-match penalties but was doing all he can to be ready for the Euros.
"The fear that I had was missing everything. I generally try to play through injuries. It was more of a twist, so when I did that, I knew it would be some sort of ligament damage. 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. Obviously, it was really bad timing for myself. But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros," Maguire said.
Last Euros as a fan. This Euros as a player. Huge honour - can’t wait to get started 🏴 pic.twitter.com/fv2XNermU0— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 1, 2021