Harry Maguire is delighted to finally return to training ahead of England's Euro 2020 campaign.
The Manchester United captain has been out on the sidelines for a number of weeks after he suffered an ankle ligament injury in the victory over Aston Villa on May 9.
It ruled out the ever-present Maguire for the final four games of the Premier League season and restricted him to just a place on the bench in the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, but a scenario in which he came on in the match seemed highly unlikely.
The centre-back was also unavailable for the Three Lions' warm-up victories over Austria and Romania over the last week, leaving Gareth Southgate with a dilemma on who to select in defence in his absence.
Maguire remains a major doubt for England's opening game of this summer's tournament against Croatia on Sunday but his return to training certainly bodes well for the rest of the group stage and Maguire is happy to be back on the pitch.
"Felt good to be back out there with the lads," he tweeted, accompanied with a muscle and England flag emojis.
Southgate has admitted that it was a risk selecting Maguire in his 26-man squad while injured but is happy with his defensive options.
“With any injury, it’s impossible to predict 100 per cent,” Southgate said in a recent press conference. “Our medical team are pleased with his progress, particularly over the last couple of days.
"So we know there is always that risk, but all of the guidance is that he should be available and it’s a case of when he can slot back into training with the group and how quickly we can progress him [Maguire].
“But of course there is always that risk with any injury that you only have to have one minor setback – and two or three days here or there really, really affects those timelines. I’m very realistic about that and we’ve picked a squad on the basis that, if we didn’t have him, we’ve got players to come in. If he's is able to be fit and available then that’s a bonus for us.”