Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has set Luke Shaw the target of returning from his broken leg in time for the Europa League final.
The England international has not played since suffering a horrific injury in September’s 2-1 Champions League defeat against PSV Eindhoven.
He was originally ruled out for nine months, as Sky Sports reports, but Van Gaal is hopeful that Shaw may feature before the end of the season.
In-fact, the Dutchman has implied that Shaw has a place in his Europa League final XI, if United reach the May 18 showcase, and the left-back is fit.
Sky Sports quotes Van Gaal as saying: “Luke Shaw can play in the final, and I’ve said that to him. It’s a goal for him, that he has to live for, and it is possible.”
Shaw coming back earlier than expected could give the Red Devils a late boost as they push for a top-four finish, and save his Euro 2016 chances.
The 20-year-old played in September’s qualifiers after a bright start to the season and had been widely tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
He faces competition from Leighton Baines, Ryan Bertrand, Kieran Gibbs and Danny Rose, but the Euros is another target for Shaw to aim for.
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