Manchester United may have lost to PSV Eindhoven 2-1 today in the UEFA Champions League, but the poor result was the least of their worries as Luke Shaw suffered a devastating injury in the first half.
The club has confirmed Shaw has a double fracture in his right leg and will undergo surgery in Manchester, and no timetable for his return has been stated. Other players who have had similar injuries, including Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo, both had recovery times of more than 250 days.
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Following that timetable, Shaw would be ruled out until late May, meaning he would miss the remainder of the Premier League season. That would be extremely disappointing for both player and club, as Shaw has been brilliant to start the campaign as United’s starting left-back.
Shaw was the youngest player in the 2014 World Cup after featuring for England in Brazil, and now his chance at playing in the European Championship next summer as a 20-year-old is in great doubt as well. EURO 2016 kicks off on June 10 in France, as Shaw has been a staple in the Three Lions’ back line during qualifying.
Following the match, support poured in for the defender, from his United teammates and former club, to the man who made the tackle, PSV’s Hector Moreno, who suffered a broken leg playing for Mexico in the 2014 World Cup.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey also sent his well wishes, as Ramsey suffered a similar injury back in 2010 when he was just 19, forcing him to miss nine months of action.
Gareth Bale was forced to leave Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Shakhtar, although with a much less serious injury thought to be a calf strain.
Shaw’s injury transcended football, as British tennis star Andy Murray showed support for the young defender as well.Follow @KyleLynchFC