Luke Shaw has revealed he still feels the effects of his double leg fracture after making a full recovery in June.
The youngster’s bright start to the 2015/16 season was cruelly cut short after he suffered a double leg break against PSV Eindhoven in September, ruling him out for the next ten months.
Manchester United fans greeted Shaw’s return to first-team football in June with universal joy. The defender has gone on to pick up from where he left off, producing a series of dominant displays at left-back under Jose Mourinho.
In an interview with the Guardian, Shaw admitted the ghastly effects of his injury are yet to fully subside.
“I still get aches. I don’t go a day without feeling it,” he said.
“It’s 100% better but it’s normal, apparently, to feel it after such a bad injury. In the first three or four weeks when I started training outside it felt good, but then all of a sudden it started aching. It didn’t hurt, but it was aching and aching and even before I went out I could feel it and I was thinking: ‘F*ck … is it ever going to go away?’”
I can, from a personal point of view, somewhat relate to what Shaw is talking about. An ACL rupture sidelined me for 12 months, and although I fully recovered a year ago, the effects of the trauma still fester quietly in the background.
But if Shaw is feeling any discomfort, it certainly doesn’t manifest itself on the pitch: the 21-year-old has calmly restored his status as first choice left back through a selection of solid, energetic and reliable displays.
Seeing the Englishman bombing up and down the flank this season – robbing attackers of the ball and setting up attacks in equal measure – makes you think how detrimental his injury was to the side last season, and how things may have panned out if the talented youngster wasn’t sidelined.