Luke Shaw will be out for an extended period of time after suffering a double leg break in Manchester United’s game against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
United were taking on PSV in the opening game of the Champions League group stage, and after just 15 minutes into the first half, Shaw suffered the horrific injury after a tackle by PSV’s Hector Moreno. Shaw, 20, went down and it was obvious right away that something serious had happened.
Shaw received treatment on the pitch and was taken off on a stretcher while breathing through an oxygen mask. One of the medics said something to United manager Louis van Gaal on their way down to the tunnel and van Gaal’s reaction showed that the news were bad.
Van Gaal confirmed on the press conference after the game that Shaw had suffered a double leg break.
“I’m not a doctor so I cannot say, but when you have a double fracture it is four to six months, van Gaal said. “But you can never say that in advance. He won’t play in the group stage, I don’t think. I hope he will play again this season.”
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The England left back struggled with injuries last season, but had been impressive during the start of the 2015/16 campaign. The injury will most likely keep him from being part of the English Euro 2016 squad unless he makes a speedy recovery. He missed the Under-21 European Championship this summer as he had just come back from an injury and it was decided that he needed the extra rest.
Shaw took to Twitter to send a message to the fans.
“Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger,” Shaw wrote.
United ended up losing the game 2-1 despite holding a 1-0 lead after a goal by former PSV player Memphis Depay.