Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were without their influential captain for the last two matches before the October international break – the latest Champions League win over Villarreal and a frustrating home draw with Everton – after limping with a calf problem in the 1-0 home game. defeat to Aston Villa on September 25.
The injury also prevented Maguire from being called up to the England squad for the final pair of 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
And while Maguire says he’ll be back in action soon, the fact that he hasn’t fully trained with his teammates yet surely makes him in big doubt for Saturday’s trip to former club Leicester. in the Premier League.
“Yes it does,” Maguire said in an injury update posted on United’s official website.
“I still haven’t trained with the team, but I’m improving, I’m progressing as it should. It’s obviously a frustrating injury for me, but I’m improving and will be back on the pitch soon.
Victor Lindelof had deputized alongside Varane in Maguire’s absence, with Eric Bailly now likely to associate the Swede at the heart of United’s defense at King Power Stadium.
Solskjaer now has Phil Jones back available as well as forward Marcus Rashford, who has now recovered from shoulder surgery, and winger Amad Diallo.
Such a defensive headache comes at an inopportune time for United, with Solskjaer under even more pressure and a series of tough matches on the horizon.
Following the trip to Leicester, the Red Devils face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in back-to-back top-flight outings, with a pair of Champions League fixtures with Serie A side Atalanta ahead.