Former Coventry City defender David Busst believes Luke Shaw could return before the end of the season.
The Manchester United full-back suffered an horrific double break in his right leg against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League and early reports suggest he could miss up to nine months of action.
Busst sustained a similar injury while playing for Coventry against Man United, in an injury so bad that United’s goalkeeper at the time, Peter Schmeichel, sought counselling after witnessing the incident.
Busst never played again but that was down to infection more than the injury and he feels that Shaw can be back this season itself, so long as there are no complications (touch wood).
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.”
Busst’s comments could be seen as good news for Shaw. The Englishman’s bone did not pierce his skin, meaning there is far less chance of any infection.
The 20-year-old has been, arguably, one of United’s best players this season and was starting to show signs of developing into a world-class left-back. Having worked hard on his fitness in pre-season, Shaw was beginning to reap the rewards.
However, the ex-Southampton man is now facing a long spell on the sidelines. Shaw has age on his side and, even after a lengthy lay-off, he can be confident of coming back as good as ever, whether it is this season or the next.