England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he is disappointed about the injury suffered by Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.
Shaw sustained a double broken leg in Man United 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven just over a fortnight ago and he is expected to miss the majority of the season.
The 20-year-old had started the campaign brilliantly, showing vast signs of improvement and becoming one of United’s most important players. His impressive performances for his club and an injury to Leighton Baines meant Shaw had won himself a place in the starting line up for his country as well.
It is clear that the youngster was in Hodgson’s plans for the European Championships next summer, making the injury all the more devastating.
The manager said: “It’s a cruel blow for him. I think he knows how much we care about him. It’s heartbreaking and we feel for him.
“He’ll realise from the work he’s done with us and what the other staff have said to him that we had high hopes for him for 2016. We were punting on him being arguably the best left-back in the tournament.”
Some may think Hodgson is getting ahead of himself with such a big prediction but Shaw’s early season form completely vindicates the manager’s stance. The full-back was arguably United’s best player before his injury and both club and country will hope he can return with the same ability.
Shaw’s road to recovery will be a tough one but he has the support of everyone at United and the England setup. The staff, Louis van Gaal included, have all said he is remaining positive over the injury and United fans will hope to see him in action as soon as possible.