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Manchester United boss reveals Luke Shaw is in high spirits despite sustaining season-threatening injury

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that injured defender Luke Shaw is in good spirits despite seeing his season potentially cut short following the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

The 20-year-old was stretchered off in the first-half of the game at the Philips Stadion after a strong tackle from Mexican international Hector Moreno and it was confirmed afterwards that he had suffered suffered a double fracture of his right leg.

Shaw is likely sidelined for a minimum of six months, meaning he could return to action in March, although he may not have enough time to prove his fitness to be included in the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

Van Gaal admitted to reporters on Friday afternoon ahead of his side’s clash against Southampton at the weekend that he was surprised at how well the youngster was coping with such an horrific injury:

“I called him last night,” the Dutchman said [via Guardian Sport].

“He sounds very strong, which was amazing for me – a big surprise. It is a good signal, but he knows he has long way to go and it is not easy.

“His family is there, we have sent people with him and he will come back when he is prepared. Maybe tomorrow (Saturday). He will have a long period of rehabilitation and he has a long way to go,” van Gaal added.

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