Sam Allardyce says he would be “surprised” if Luke Shaw is not fit for the Manchester derby despite the left-back withdrawing from the England squad due to injury.
Shaw returned to Manchester United before the England squad travelled to Slovakia for Sunday night’s World Cup qualifier, sparking fears that the defender had suffered a set-back on his return from a double leg fracture suffered last September.
But Allardyce has moved to calm those concerns, insisting the move was just a precaution.
The England boss said: “It’s a slight problem with the leg. A little ache, muscular.
“With what he’s been through, we didn’t want to take a chance. It’s the calf where the break was.
“He’s done exceptionally well given the games he’s played, but he didn’t feel comfortable so the wise thing to do was send him back to United.
“He wasn’t starting (against Slovakia) anyway. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t okay for United’s next game.”