Harry Maguire set to miss entire Euro 2020 group stage in major England blow

Harry Maguire is facing up to the prospect of missing all three of England's group games at the Euros.

Maguire has been sidelined since the beginning of May after damaging ankle ligaments in Manchester United's win at Aston Villa.

He missed the remainder of the Premier League season, as well as United's Europa League cup final defeat to Villarreal in Gdansk.

The defender has been undergoing intensive treatment at St George's Park in the hope of being fit in time for England's Euros opener against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

But he has no chance of making Gareth Southgate's starting XI – and is expected to miss the crunch showdown with old enemies Scotland on June 18.

Maguire trained with the rest of the Three Lions squad for the first time on Thursday.

But he looked restricted in his movement and failed to take part in a full blown session.

It is understood Maguire, 28, has now targeted the final Group D game against Czech Republic on June 22 for a return to the squad, when he hopes to be among the substitutes.

The news is a huge blow to Southgate, who wanted to build his defence around Maguire for this tournament.

Maguire was an integral part of the England side that reached the World Cup semi finals in Russia in 2018 and one of the most experienced players in the squad with 32 caps.

Maguire could now be forced to watch England's entire participation in the tournament from the sidelines.

Southgate will stick with a back four, but should those he picks help England reach the knockout stages, will be loathed to recall Maguire when he becomes fit again due to the fact he wouldn't have had any competitive football for more than six weeks.

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