Tuesday 22 August 2017

Latest injury setback to rule Luke Shaw out for season as Man United's injury crisis worsens

Luke Shaw joined Manchester United from Southampton in 2014
Luke Shaw joined Manchester United from Southampton in 2014

John Percy

Luke Shaw is expected to miss the rest of Manchester United’s season and England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland after suffering another injury setback.

Shaw will discover the results of a scan on a foot injury in the next 24 hours but is reluctantly preparing to write off his season, in another blow for the 21-year-old defender.

The left-back was taken off after eight minutes of United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday, with manager Jose Mourinho claiming the problem “must be a big injury” in a swipe that appeared again to question his commitment.

Shaw required medical treatment on the pitch after the incident and United sources believe he could be ruled out for at least four weeks, following a scan on Monday.

Mourinho is already battling a severe injury crisis at the back, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling unavailable while Eric Bailly also came off in the second half at Old Trafford.

And while Shaw’s injury is not thought to be serious, he is not expected to be available for England’s qualifier at Hampden Park on June 10.

Despite his problems with Mourinho this season, Shaw was called up by Gareth Southgate for the friendly in Germany – making his first international appearance in 18 months as a substitute – and the qualifier against Lithuania.

Shaw is also unlikely to feature for the England Under-21s at the European Championship in Poland and will focus on getting himself fit for next season. His United future has been cast into doubt amid a fractious relationship with Mourinho, who has criticised the £28 million signing on a number of occasions.

Mourinho, meanwhile, has suggested he could name an under-23 side against Crystal Palace in the last Premier League game of the season.

Having last week floated the idea of fielding himself in defence, he has alighted on a more youthful idea.

"You are punished for doing well and if we beat Celta we have the final on the Wednesday [May 24] and we play against Crystal Palace on the Sunday [May 21]," he said.

"Before that we play Southampton and, with all respect, we would be playing in disaster consequences. Maybe I can bring [academy coach] Nicky Butt and his team to play against Crystal Palace and hopefully Palace doesn't need a game to stay in the division because it would be very, very bad if they needed the points for us to play with the under-23s. It's difficult."

United return to action on Thursday evening with the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo.

Telegraph.co.uk

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