Manchester United defender Luke Shaw could be back in action ahead of schedule following his horror leg break in a Champions League group stage match against PSV Eindhoven in September.
United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed an injury update for his out of action defender. 20-year-old Shaw suffered a double leg break after a sliding challenge by PSV’s Hector Moreno on 15th September, potentially ending the English youngster’s season.
However van Gaal has now expressed his belief that the former Southampton left-back might recover sooner than first expected.
“Shaw was with his surgeon and everything is going well,” Van Gaal told MUTV.
“His bone is growing and that is very positive. He could return ahead of schedule, yes.
“But when I say that, then everybody thinks he is coming back within three months and it is not like that, you cannot say that. He needs time.
“At this moment he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, but there are also weeks when he is slow.”
Ironically, last month United boss revealed that Luke Shaw may not return to action for Manchester United this term, ruling out his hopes of making it to the Euro 2016.
Earlier this month, a news report from Football Insider claimed Manchester United want to secure Shaw’s future by offering him a new five-and-a-half year contract worth £44m. The new deal, if it succeeds will see the defender earn £154,000 per week, the same amount as he is on now, but with an option of a year’s extension.
The horrible leg break left the defender with fractures in both tibia and fibula in his right leg and he was also forced to undergo two major operations in Netherlands before he was ready for a return to home and begin a long period of rehabilitation. But except a minor setback two months ago when his manager claimed that he was feeling a bit down, Shaw has made quick strides on the journey towards full fitness. The early predictions had hinted a return date of March or April, but van Gaal’s latest comments point out to more early return.