Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will return home to Manchester today following a horrific double leg fracture during Tuesday night’s Champions League game versus PSV Eindhoven.
The 20-year-old now returns to begin his rehabilitation for what could be a very long road to recovery.
Shaw was, in what many would have argued, the form of his life before a hefty Hector Moreno tackle inside the PSV box brought a halt to the the young man’s steady progress under Louis van Gaal. However, with youth on his side and world class medical assistance to rely on, the United defender should at least be back in time to compete for a place in the team at the tail end of this season, if not 2016/17.
A good point made by Lee Dixon, when speaking on ITV’s Champion’s League coverage during the past week, was that Shaw also has a definitive target to strive towards with the Euros on this summer, which could help in aiding his motivation to get fit.
Up until this point, Shaw would have been a dead cert to be on the plane to France but that dream may now be in serious jeopardy. Despite this, Shaw will know that if he can get back in United’s team by March/April there is every chance he will be able to make his first major international tournament.
The England international was plagued by injury periodically for much of last season but this term he had played the full 90 minutes of every competitive game, making the timing of his leg break all the more heart-breaking.
His injury will hinder his progress significantly but Shaw’s Instagram post today at least shows he’s in positive spirits about returning to Manchester to take the first steps in what is set to be a long, arduous journey back to full fitness.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena