Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has urged Manchester United’s Luke Shaw not to rush his return from injury.
Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg in Man United’s Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven earlier this season.
It was feared Shaw would not play again this term but supporters have been encouraged by recent pictures showing the youngster out and about on the streets of Manchester.
However, Walcott, who suffered knee ligament damage last year, warned Shaw he could be risking his long-term future by rushing back too soon.
“It is important not to put a time frame on it. I was 11 months in the end and it is when you are ready,” Walcott said.
“Calum Wilson has done his (ligaments), Luke Shaw has broken his leg. I think it is important for everyone to know they (experts) say six months, but you have to give people time and they will come back when they are ready.
“It could be six months if you are lucky, or nine, 10, 12 months. It takes time to come back to the same level from before you were out.
“I have worked hard to get where I am and I am happy. You just think you can go out there and do it, but after training sometimes you think, ‘that was tough.’ You just have to wait your time.”
Walcott is spot on when he says United should err on the side of caution when it comes to Shaw’s long-term fitness. As much as everyone associated with the club would love for him to come back as soon as possible, it is not worth risking his career over. The hope is that the medical team at United know exactly when to bring him back.