Six months ago, Luke Shaw suffered from a horrific double fracture to his right leg while playing against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. And although he has been recovering smoothly, the FA Cup Final has still crept up before he can be allowed back onto the pitch.
On May 13, his manager, Louis van Gaal, confirmed that he will not be participating in the FA Cup Final, but that we should expect to see him back in action next season.
There had been hopes that he’d participate in the Euro 2016, at least, but his recent bid to play has been ruled out. Manchester United is not rushing his return to the pitch and is instead waiting until he has fully recovered from his injury.
Luke Shaw has already recovered from his injury enough to be practicing on the pitch and with the United under 21s, and he has been determined to make an early comeback to the team. He hopes to start up full-training again before the preseason begins that way he can ‘hit the ground running’ and return to Manchester United as a fully functional player.
His return to the team will undoubtedly raise their morale, seeing as everyone Louis van Gaal has put in to replace him as left-back just haven’t been able to perform at the same level of efficiency as Luke Shaw.
However, his injury did allow for some of the younger players in Manchester United to show the club and the world just what they’re made of. Even though they didn’t perform at the same level as Shaw in his position, players such as Marcus Rashford and Borthwick-Jackson have certainly begun to make a name for themselves.
We can only hope that Luke Shaw’s remarkable recovery continues to be as successful as it’s been. There have been no signs of his progress regressing as of yet, and soon enough he will be allowed to participate in contact sessions during practice.
Not only his team, but also his fans anticipate his return, encouraging him throughout his whole journey, pushing for him to return as soon as he can and adding to his own drive to excel.