Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the season for Manchester United as he recovers from surgery
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Manchester United defender Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the season through injury, as his recovery from surgery is taking a lot longer than expected.
The left-back underwent surgery last week to have the metal bolts in his leg removed, which were originally inserted after he broke his leg in a Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven in 2015 while playing for the Red Devils.
Shaw suffered a double fracture of the leg after being on the receiving end of a poor tackle from Hector Moreno, which would eventually see him miss a total of 11 months of action. It took the Englishman ages to recover and return to the side, becoming a regular only in the 2018-19 season.
Since returning from that horrendous injury, the 26-year-old has firmly established himself as the Red Devils’ first choice at left-back, keeping other players like Brandon Williams and Alex Telles away from the starting line-up.
Race against time for Shaw
Despite suffering the fracture in 2015, Shaw still feels the effects of that horror tackle. He recently felt discomfort during the international break while representing England, and it repeated during United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, forcing interim boss Ralf Rangnick to substitute the defender.
Although the head coach hoped to see his left-back return in a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery to remove the metal bolts in his leg, it is said that the operation is taking longer to recover from than initially expected. The former Southampton star could now miss the rest of the campaign.
Shaw showed great grit and resolve to return to the starting line-up after suffering the fracture, which is a testament to the player’s determination to overcome his obstacles. Despite taking a couple of seasons to once again establish himself, the England international proved to others that he was capable of getting his career back on once again.
The former Saints man has played under multiple managers during his time in Manchester, but such is his talent and importance to the team that he has been first-choice for all the head coaches, despite his prior injury.
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After staying at the top for such a long time, it now seems that the injury has hampered his progress once again. With United struggling to finish in the top four this season, Shaw’s injury will come as a major blow to the team as they look to end the campaign strongly
Although Rangnick has Telles to rely on at left-back, the Brazilian does not bring the same energy and calmness under the ball that Shaw does. Hopefully, we see a quicker return to action from Shaw than expected, as we will need all our best players in the attempt to jump from our current seventh spot in the league table to fourth in the remaining weeks.