Luke Shaw hasn’t played for club nor country since September 2015 but could return to Manchester United training in the coming weeks after a brilliantly quick recovery.
He suffered a double leg break in United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven away from home in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. Hector Moreno’s challenge means he has been on the sidelines watching his teammates crash out of both the Champions League and UEFA Europa League as well as the League Cup and the top four of the Premier League.
Yet John Percy of the Daily Telegraph reports that Shaw will make his return to training in the next week. Manager Louis van Gaal has often spoken of the hard work Shaw has put in to maintain his fitness levels.
Shaw was in fine form before his tibia and fibula leg break and had built a blossoming partnership with left-winger Memphis Depay.
At just 20 years old, Shaw remains younger than most at his high level in the left-back department. Many have struggled to return from a similar leg break but the quick recovery Shaw has undergone and his young age means he’s likely to be back to his best next season.
This latest development in his injury means it is a possibility that he could travel with the England squad to this summer’s European Championships in France.
However, it could be more sensible for him, despite how upsetting it is to miss out on an international tournament, to stay away from football in the summer and rest his body to prepare fully for next season for both United and England.
Louis van Gaal is unlikely to be in charge next season at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho strongly linked after a turbulent campaign for van Gaal, but if he is he will stand by Shaw who repaid faith in him last season by working hard over the summer of 2015 to increase his fitness levels.