MANCHESTER UNITED are likely to be without Luke Shaw for the rest of the season after the full-back underwent an operation last week.
The England star went under the knife to remove two screws in his leg after feeling recent discomfort.
Luke Shaw felt discomfort in his leg during the recent clash with LeicesterCredit: Getty
They have been causing him pain of late, leading to the 26-year-old having them removed.
Shaw first felt the issue during last month’s international break, and had to be substituted at half-time during United’s recent 1-1 draw with Leicester.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick confirmed last week: “We had to take him off at half-time and he is having problems with his leg where he had the operation back in 2015.
“The doctor told me they have decided to remove the metal bolts in his leg – they need to be removed – and that is happening and he will be out for the next two or three weeks.”
While Rangnick and Co initially expected to have Shaw back fairly soon, it now appears that they are in a race against time just to have him available at all during the remainder of this season.
According to the Telegraph, the operation is taking longer to recover from than initially expected.
Shaw could now miss all of United’s remaining seven matches in the Premier League.
The defender has struggled with hamstring issues this season that have limited his game time, while he also missed two recent matches with Covid-19.
He has started 19 Premier League games in total this season, meaning that he’ll have only begun half of his side’s matches should he not make it back in time for any of the run in.
Alex Telles is United’s only alternative senior left-back.
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