Harry Maguire is on course to play some part for England in the European Championship after joining up with the squad in the North East.
The Manchester United captain hasn’t played since injuring ankle ligaments in the win at Aston Villa on May 9 and he remains a doubt to play in England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at Wembley a week tomorrow.
Maguire travelled with the United squad to Gdansk for the Europa League final and despite being named on the bench against Villarreal he wasn’t fit enough to come on and play a part in the penalty shootout defeat.
He linked up with the Three Lions squad at Rockliffe Park this weekend, with England rounding off their European Championship preparations with a friendly against Romania at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
England’s medical team are pleased with the progress Maguire is making and is confident he will be fit to play some part in the tournament, but admits there’s a risk that one minor setback could derail those plans.
“With any injury it’s impossible to predict 100%, our medical team are pleased with his progress, particularly over the last couple of days, [but] we know there’s always that risk,” said Southgate.
“All of the guide is he should be available [during the tournament] and then it’s a case of when he can slot back in training with the group and how quickly we can progress him.
“There’s always that risk with any injury that you only need one minor setback and two or three days really affects those timelines, so I’m very realistic about that.
“We’ve picked a squad on the basis that if we didn’t have him we’ve got players who can come in and if he is available then that’s a bonus for us.”
Dean Henderson, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have also joined up with the England squad this week and they could play a part against Romania on Sunday.