Manchester United’s Shaw set for second op on broken leg

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is expected to have a second operation on his broken leg today.

Manchester United’s Shaw set for second op on broken leg

Shaw was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Tuesday night after breaking his right leg in two places during United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.

The England left-back broke his tibia and fibula following a challenge by PSV defender Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.

Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist conducted an operation on Shaw’s leg on the night of the match.

United declined to comment any further but it is understood that Shaw will have a second operation at the Dutch hospital today.

Shaw is said to have suffered a “clean break”, which makes it more likely his recovery will be quicker.

The player himself has not set a target for his comeback date, but Louis van Gaal said after the match that he could return by March.

“I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months,” the United manager said.

“It is about how it develops. He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season.”

Former Coventry defender David Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United 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 will make a full recovery. He said: “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.”

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