Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire expected to miss rest of Premier League season with ankle injury

Robbie Copeland
Maguire suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa
Maguire suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa / Michael Steele/Getty Images

Harry Maguire is expected to miss Manchester United's four remaining Premier League fixtures, and is facing a race against time to return for the Europa League final later this month.

The imposing centre-back limped off in the closing stages of United's 3-1 win at Aston Villa, making it the first time since he joined the club in 2019 that he has failed to complete a Premier League game.

The club have been tight-lipped on his injury, with only a vaguely hopeful prognosis from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer providing any sort of update.

"Hopefully it will be OK with Harry, I don't know." Solskjaer said after the game. "We need to check it. It might be a few weeks or a month, we don't know. It was his calf or lower leg. I think the player landed on him and he twisted something.

"His fitness is very good - he's robust. But, today, it looked like the boy landed on him and he twisted his ankle. I don't know how serious it is. He might be available on Tuesday, he might not."

It was always believed that Maguire's injury put him in serious doubt for clashes with Leicester on Tuesday and Liverpool on Thursday, given the tight turnaround before those games.

But now The Sun are reporting that he could miss each of their remaining four domestic matches, with the Europa League final against Villarreal on 26 May outlined as a potential return date.

It's worth noting it is unclear exactly where they are getting this information from, given the club have not yet received results from the scan that is set to determine the extent of the injury.

The Europa League final falls just three days after their final league match, so it seems like a push for anyone to predict at this stage that he will miss their match with Wolves on 23 May, but be in with a chance of playing against Villarreal on the 26th.

In any case, it doesn't look particularly promising for the big defender, especially with Euro 2020 on the horizon. He will be hoping to be back in time to feature there, but that will be determined once the medical staff get his results back this week.