Luke Shaw could be back playing within six months after undergoing surgery on his broken leg, according to reports.
Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg after a challenge from PSV Eindhoven’s Hector Moreno. He was given oxygen as he left the field.
Despite the understandable worry about Shaw’s long-term future, initial reports suggest that Shaw could only miss six months of action. That would give him around three months to recover in time for Euro 2016.
In the Daily Telegraph, John Percy writes that Shaw underwent surgery at the Saint Anna Ziekenhuis hospital in Eindhoven after the game. The operation was a complete success, meaning that Shaw could be back playing within six months.
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.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 15, 2015
After the match, Louis van Gaal described both the severity of the injury and Shaw’s understandable emotional reaction.
“The boy is in his second season and he has been playing fantastic, and now this happens,” Van Gaal said. “He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room. You must judge for yourself. If I say it was a penalty and a red card then I am a bad loser. I hope he will play again this season. It was a very bad tackle.”