Harry Maguire is a potential fitness doubt for Manchester United’s Europa League final against Villarreal after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his captain could miss a “few weeks” with the injury sustained against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Maguirre was visibly hurt following a challenge with Anwar El Ghazi in United’s 1-3 comeback win and had to be replaced by Eric Bailly after 78 minutes.
Solskjaer is waiting to learn the extent of the damage to the lower leg injury, and with the Europa League final against Villarreal on 26 May, Maguire’s status for the fixture is unclear.
“Hopefully that [the final] will be okay with Harry,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t know. 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.”
However, the United manager clarified that the damage may not be too bad as he waits to learn of the damage.
“I don’t know how serious it is. He might be available on Tuesday, he might not,” he added.
Maguire had previously played every minute in the Premier League since joining from Leicester City. His run of 71 games in succession means he only tied Gary Pallister for an outfield United player in the competition – with the ex-Red Devils defender coincidentally also seeing his streak ended by injury at Villa Park in the 1995-96 season.
“Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played,” Solskjaer said.
“His fitness is very good – he’s robust. But it looked like the boy landed on him and he twisted his ankle.”