Harry Maguire, Manchester United‘s central defender, has been ruled out of the FA Cup final against Manchester City due to a lingering muscle injury, reported by GOAL. Maguire, who picked up the injury during training on April 27, has been sidelined ever since. Despite his determined efforts to recover in time for the crucial match at Wembley Stadium, the English center-back has not managed to regain fitness.

Maguire had been hopeful of returning in time for the FA Cup final, a significant clash in the Manchester derby. However, Manchester United's manager, Erik ten Hag, confirmed that Maguire’s recovery had not progressed as hoped. Maguire joins Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw on the list of absentees for the much-anticipated match. This injury has dashed Maguire's personal goal of being fit for the final showdown with City.

Maguire’s absence from the FA Cup final is a significant blow for Manchester United, but the defender is now setting his sights on the upcoming UEFA European Championship (Euros), which begins on June 14. Gareth Southgate, the England manager, is closely monitoring Maguire’s recovery, as he prepares to announce his final 26-man squad on June 7. Southgate, along with his assistant Steve Holland, will be present at Wembley for the FA Cup final, observing potential squad members for the Euros.

What Harry Maguire said

Expressing his disappointment on social media, Maguire shared his feelings about missing the final. “Gutted I’ll be missing out on the final – I’d do anything to be available but now full focus on supporting the boys. Come on United!” Maguire posted on Instagram, underscoring his frustration and his commitment to support his teammates from the sidelines.

Since his move to Manchester United from Leicester City in 2019, Maguire has yet to start in any of the four finals that the club has reached. This latest injury adds to his series of unfortunate events, heightening his frustration and disappointment. His absence from such key matches underscores the challenges he has faced in his tenure with the club.

What’s next for Harry Maguire

Despite this setback, Maguire remains focused on his recovery with an eye on the Euros. If he makes the final 26-man squad, he will join the England team directly. Maguire’s potential return to fitness will be crucial for England's campaign in Germany, especially given Southgate’s current concerns over defensive injuries. Reviving his form and maintaining his fitness will be key for Maguire as he looks to contribute significantly to England’s efforts in the tournament.

Harry Maguire's injury-induced absence from the FA Cup final is a blow for both him and Manchester United. As he channels his energy towards recovering in time for the Euros, Maguire’s resilience and determination will be critical. His journey from injury to potential international glory will be closely watched by fans and experts alike, as England gears up for a challenging European Championship.