Harry Maguire closing in on Manchester United return – See Sport News

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Harry Maguire expects to be back in action for Manchester United in the near future.

The centre-back has missed United’s last two games with a calf injury and was unavailable for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

Maguire was injured against Aston Villa last month (Martin Rickett/PA)

He is again set to be absent for Saturday’s Premier League trip to former club Leicester but hopes to return to training soon.

The 28-year-old told the club’s website: “It’s getting there. 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.”

Raphael Varane is also sidelined (Martin Rickett/PA)

Both of United’s first-choice centre-halves are currently injured with Raphael Varane having sustained a groin problem while on international duty with France. He is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.

On a more positive note for United, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones have both trained throughout the international break having stepped up their recoveries from long-term injuries. Both could come into contention for this weekend’s game at the King Power Stadium.


Exeter’s Rob Baxter brushes off Wasps statement on Native American headdresses

Rob Baxter has dismissed Wasps calling for a rugby-wide review on supporters wearing Native American headdresses as “a bit of a non-story”.

Exeter face Wasps at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday, with the hosts urging supporters not to wear headgear labelled “cultural appropriation”.

Exeter rejected the option to drop the moniker Chiefs following a petition and club investigation in July 2020, but did retire club mascot “Big Chief”.

Exeter Chiefs retired mascot “Big Chief”, pictured, in July 2020 (Paul Harding/PA)

The Devon club’s rugby director Baxter has brushed off Wasps’ criticism as ill-timed, insisting there are more important matters at hand.

“I don’t think there’s anything for us to say on another club’s statement that actually doesn’t do anything,” said Baxter.

“They’ve made a statement saying they’re not doing anything about it.

“So I don’t think there’s anything for us to comment on it, they’re probably the people to ask.”

Wasps released a lengthy club statement on Tuesday revealing club supporters had asked for guidance on “cultural signifiers” over “faux Native American headdresses”.

The Midlands club revealed it had referred the matter to the RFU and Premiership Rugby, calling for a review into whether the headgear should be banned.

When quizzed on whether the statement was released in poor timing given the two sides meet this weekend, Baxter replied: “The timing is what it is.

“I think most people’s view, which is very much the same as mine, is that in the here and now, where we are as a country and the things we’ve been through, I can think of far more important things that I need to focus on, the club needs to focus on and people in general want to focus on beyond whether a supporter supporting a club in Devon’s going to wear a headdress or not.

Rob Baxter has said there are more important things to focus on (Martin Rickett/PA)

“I think that’s most people’s view on it, that’s certainly my view on it in the here and now. I’ve got to be careful what I say, I’m not overly affected by it.

“I take a pretty simple view on these things, I tend to look at things in a lot of perspective. And right here and now when you see what’s really going on in the country and what’s really important, that’s what I’m focusing my energy on.

“And I know that’s what the club are doing as well, and people in general. So for me it’s a little bit of a non story.”

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