Manchester United have allowed captain Harry Maguire to take an extended break after a heated bar crash in Greece plunged him into controversy.
The 27-year-old faces a new trial after being convicted of assaulting police, verbal abuse and attempted bribery while vacationing on Mykonos island with friends this month.
United players are expected to report to Carrington for preseason training on Wednesday, but The Sun reports that Maguire will reunite with his teammates instead this weekend.
Manchester United have allowed Harry Maguire to take an extended break ahead of the preseason
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Maguire more time after defender’s guilty verdict in Greece
The center-back broke his silence on the incident in a touching and deeply personal interview with BBC News on Thursday. Maguire was clearly shocked as he recounted the events surrounding the brawl that led to his shock arrest.
His legal sentence has successfully appealed the verdict, a suspended 21-month prison sentence, and the full new trial will be held at a later date.
Maguire may have to wait up to two years before his appeal is heard due to a backlog of court cases in Greece.
Maguire’s legal team successfully appealed the verdict and a new trial will be held at a later date
Uncertainty over Maguire and any potential involvement when tensions erupted in Mykonos caused him to lose his place in the England squad for the upcoming Nations League clashes.
The guilty verdict prompted Gareth Southgate to remove him from the roster and it was revealed on Saturday that Wolves mainstay Conor Coady had received his first international call-up in his place.
The English squad of 25 will travel to St George’s Park on Sunday to undergo coronavirus tests – and they will face Iceland next Saturday before playing in Denmark three days later.
Maguire has had talks with Southgate and has made himself available for selection in the future.
Maguire is expected to show up for training this weekend, days later than his teammates
England set to choose Maguire in October after removing him from the current squad
Sports messaging understands the defender will be picked for the next England team in October – as the court granting him leave to appeal the verdict effectively clears his convictions and restarts the court process.
United have also backed Maguire, and the club have no plans to remove him from the captain’s armband.
Their start to the preseason was marred, however, due to the absences of several players. Paul Pogba is self-isolating after contracting COVID-19, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in quarantine for 14 days after leaving on vacation in Dubai.
Nemanja Matic will also have to self-isolate upon his return to the UK after announcing his retirement from international football, meaning he would be subject to UK government travel restrictions.