Injury expert: Maguire has taken 'huge' injury 'risk' at Man United
Man United skipper Harry Maguire may have misjudged the severity of his injury in the “heat of battle” against Aston Villa.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Maguire pulled up in the second half of the 1-0 defeat on 25 September with a leg injury but got back to his feet and continued until the 67th minute.
He was then substituted off and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told United’s official website the following day that the defender will be sent for a scan.
Dinnery suggests that Maguire may have not initially felt the injury was serious enough to withdraw while the “adrenaline [was] flowing.”
“You have to have on-field discussions with the medical team,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“They will have asked what it felt like and whether he felt able to continue.
“It’s about balancing risk and reward. He is one of the best defenders at the club but he is also the skipper, so he is hugely influential.
“Sometimes the severity of the injury isn’t really evident in the heat of battle when the adrenaline is flowing.
“He many have thought it was just a touch of cramp and that he could run it off.
“It’s very time-sensitive. When the physios go out onto the pitch, they have got the eyes of the world on them.
“They will do some basic checks and speak to the player, but a lot of that is driven by the player.
“Harry may have asked to have five minutes to see if he can carry on and missed what the injury was.”