David Busst has offered Manchester United and England left-back Luke Shaw hope of a return to action before the end of the season.
Former Coventry defender Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United at Old Trafford in 1996 after colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair and retired from the game a few months later.
Busst needed 26 operations and contracted the MRSA virus but he is confident Shaw, 20, who sustained a double fracture of his right leg in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven, will make a full recovery.
He told The Sun: "It wasn't the actual fractures that stopped me from playing, it was the infections.
"But so long as it's a clean break and there is no infection, there shouldn't be a major issue for Luke."