Manchester United (16/1 – Premier League Outright) skipper Harry Maguire says he will be “back on the pitch soon” as he continues his recovery from a calf problem.

The 28-year-old has been out of action recently after suffering the injury against Aston Villa in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Old Trafford.

He was therefore forced to miss the subsequent matches against Everton and Villarreal in the top flight and Champions League respectively.

Maguire was also absent from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Hungary.

The towering centre-back has been a virtual ever-present since his £80million move from Leicester City back in August 2019, but United are now having to cope without him.

The Red Devils are set to field an unfamiliar defensive pairing on Saturday as Raphael Varane is also out for the short-term after picking up an injury in Sunday’s Nations League final while on duty for France.

However, Maguire has issued a positive update and believes he will not be out of action for much longer, easing the club’s centre-back worries in the process.

“Yeah it’s getting there,” he told the club’s official website.

“I still haven’t trained yet with the squad, but I am getting better, I am progressing as I should be. It is obviously a frustrating injury for me to get, but I am progressing and I will be back on the pitch soon.”

With Maguire and Varane set to miss the weekend contest against Leicester (Match betting – Leicester 13/5, Draw 11/4, Manchester United 11/10), it will open up opportunities for other defenders at the club.

Victor Lindelof was the regular partner for Maguire last season until Varane joined up and he could line up alongside Eric Bailly, whose only appearance this season came in the EFL Cup loss to West Ham.

Long-serving Phil Jones is also nearing a return to action, nearly two years after he last pulled on a Red Devils shirt.

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