'It's touch and go' - Man United star admits he could miss FA Cup final through injury

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Maguire could miss the FA Cup final. -Credit:2024 Manchester United FC

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire doesn't know whether he will be fit enough to feature in the FA Cup final against Manchester City this weekend.

Maguire sustained a muscle injury at the beginning of May and it was confirmed he would be sidelined for around three weeks, which threw his participation in the FA Cup final into doubt.

The defender played through knocks against Bournemouth and Coventry in April but sustained a fresh injury in training that condemned him to a lay-off.

Although Maguire was stripped of the captaincy last summer, he has enjoyed a renaissance this season and the news of his injury was considered a blow for United.

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Since Maguire sustained his muscle injury, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have returned from injury but he could still start in the FA Cup final if he passes a fitness test.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday, Maguire gave an update on his fitness situation and said: "Obviously it’s disappointing and a frustrating time to get injured.

"I still don’t know if I’m going to be fit. It’s going to be a late one. I’m hoping to be fit for the squad for the FA Cup final but it will be touch and go."

Maguire succumbed to a groin injury in December and was absent from fixtures throughout the festive period but returned to fitness at the end of January.

"It’s probably the first time in my career that I’ve had a few muscle injuries throughout the season," said Maguire about his injuries. "It is frustrating and it feels different. You always want to play so maybe I need to look at how I’m managing myself and stuff like that."

Maguire started on the bench when United won the Carabao Cup last February and made a substitute appearance in the 88th minute when the game was won.

The FA Cup final is an opportunity for Maguire to win his second trophy with United. "It would mean absolutely everything," he said.

"Playing for this club demands winning trophies. We did that last year and we’ve given ourselves an opportunity at the end of a difficult season to get another one. That’s what our focus is."

The former United captain has won praise for delivering strong individual performances this season and he's made a total of 31 appearances in all competitions.