Manchester United defender Luke Shaw faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horrendous leg break during the club’s 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Reports have since claimed the left-back could be out for up to 10 months and this could place, into jeopardy, his chance of featuring for England in the European championships in 2016. But former Southampton and United physio Matt Radcliffe has some news regarding the injury.
Radcliffe says Shaw’s injury is merely a blip and will not have any long term effect on the player’s career, per the ESPN.
Shaw, 20, suffered a double fracture of his right leg in the Red Devils’ clash against the Dutch outfit during the midweek, with play delayed for 10 minutes as medical staff attended to the England international defender.
The Englishman signed for Manchester United last summer from Southampton and endured some turbulent times due to injury concerns and fitness issues. Shaw managed to make only 16 appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side last term.
But so far this season, the left-back has earned rave reviews with his performances and the injury have come at a time Shaw would not have liked. The defender has featured in all of United’s Premier League games this season. Together with right-back Matteo Darmian, the duo were fast becoming solid full-backs and were pleasing to the eyes among pundits and fans alike.
However, there are some good news coming from Radcliffe who postulates that Shaw’s injury will not affect the player’s long-term future.
“Luke is a sensible lad and even though this will be a difficult period for him, he will quickly appreciate that he has plenty of years ahead of him to achieve everything he wants in the game.
“We are talking here about a kid who is only 20 and, the way the medical profession can deal with this kind of major injury now, it shouldn’t have any effect on him in the long term.”
Meanwhile, United face Southampton in a tricky game on Saturday and Marcos Rojo is expected to fill the void left opened by the injured Shaw.