Roy Hodgson gives an injury update on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw

by Sam Peoples

Roy Hodgson has given an injury update on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw and insists his availability for England at Euro 2016 is dependent on Louis van Gaal.

Shaw suffered a broken leg in Man United’s Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven and has been sidelined for the last six months.

Since then, Shaw’s undergone an intense rehabilitation program and everything is going to plan which could see him join England at Euro 2016 this summer.

Speaking about Shaw, Hodgson said: “I spoke to Luke last Sunday and he said that things are going well and that’s good news. But we are in the hands of the club to some extent.

“If they decide they don’t want to risk him in the final games of the season, there’s not much I can do.

“I would understand and respect that, although I’d be a bit disappointed in that I think the player deserves the opportunity of being selected.”

Selfishly, I want United to not risk Shaw before the end of the season. I really don’t see how enabling him to go to Euro 2016 can help his recovery because it’s going to be an intense tournament which carries huge risks for a player who spent nine months out injured beforehand.

Of course, a lot of it will be up to Shaw and how he feels but as he showed last summer when he took a personal trainer and went on a fitness regime in Dubai, he’s got a very smart head on his shoulders and won’t want to take the risk unless he feels ready for it.

This year was going to be Shaw’s breakthrough year and I’m certain he would have been one of our best players had he not been injured but we’re all just hoping 2016 can be nothing more than a blip for him. Bring on next season for Shaw.

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