Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is making positive steps forward with his recovery from a broken leg, according to the latest update from Louis van Gaal.
Shaw has been on a long road back to fitness since being injured in the game against PSV Eindhoven on 15 September and the United boss discussed his progress during an interview with MUTV on Friday.
Van Gaal reported: “Shaw was with his surgeon and everything is going well. His bone is growing and that is very positive, but he needs time.
Asked whether the England international could possibly return ahead of schedule, the manager added: “Yes, but when I say that then everybody thinks he is coming back within three months but it is not like that, you cannot say that.
“At this moment he is ahead in his rehabilitation but there are also weeks when he is slow. At the end, it is mostly the same time.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he has handed Luke Shaw an incentive to get fit in time to compete in the Europa League final.
The Reds restart the European campaign against Midtjylland later this month and Shaw has been retained as a member of the squad submitted to UEFA this week, despite continuing his recovery from the broken leg he sustained against PSV Eindhoven in September.
Although United will face a real test to go all the way in the tournament, the Dutchman has revealed he has already spoken to Shaw about the prospect of turning out at Basel's St. Jakob-Park in Switzerland on 18 May.
"He could play in the final, eh?" replied van Gaal when asked by MUTV if it is possible Shaw could feature in the Europa League by the end of the season. "Maybe you don't think that but it's still possible that Shaw could play in that final. I have said that to him.
"You never know. Still, it is halfway [through the recovery]. It can slow down, his revalidation, so we have to wait and see."
An outstanding bit of man management and just plain class from LvG. Luke and Memphis went on vacation during summer and took a trainer with them, the result was visible, with Luke playing brilliantly and he and Memphis showing signs of a very good partnership
Now he is working his ass off to get back before seasons end. Would be aq thing of beauty to see him playing for the trophy !!
Luke Shaw returned to training on Monday and the Manchester United defender was welcomed back by his team-mate Juan Mata, who posted an image of the pair together on Instagram.
Shaw suffered a double fracture of the leg during the UEFA Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven back in September and he has been working hard on his rehabilitation ever since.
Louis van Gaal has provided several positive updates on the England international throughout the season and, encouragingly, he returned to the training pitch on Monday with a club physio.
After completing his first session since suffering the injury, Shaw posed for a photo with Mata and the Spanish forward posted it on his personal Instagram account with the caption: “My friend @lukeshaw23 just came in from running out on the pitch! Getting closer.”
Speaking at his weekly press conference last Friday afternoon, van Gaal told reporters that Shaw was set to return to training and the manager admitted the 20-year-old’s recover was going well.
“Luke Shaw shall start his first training sessions on the pitch next week,” van Gaal said. “So far it has all been on the treadmill, in the gym or in the swimming pool and so on. Now he can train for the first time with his body weight on the pitch, so it is going great for Luke.”
Asked if Shaw could play again this season and potentially in the FA Cup final, should United get there, van Gaal said: “I am still saying that to him! I hope for him but it shall be very difficult.”
Luke Shaw has provided a positive update for Manchester United fans around the world by confirming his return to outdoor training with a physio is going "really well".
The 20-year-old left-back has been working hard on his rehabilitation since suffering a double fracture of the leg during the Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven back in September.
Following many months of hard graft in the gym and the swimming pool, Shaw stepped up his recovery by returning to the training pitch on Monday 4 April to work individually with a club physio. As Louis van Gaal explained later that week, the aim is to “adapt his muscles and legs” to the hard ground.
Juan Mata welcomed Shaw’s return to training and the manager spoke about his delight at a recent press conference, although the man himself had remained quiet on his own recovery.
That was until Monday night, when the England international used his personal Instagram account to post an image of himself alongside several Reds team-mates in Champions League action, with the caption: “Training is going really well outside. Can’t wait to be back on the pitch with the team.”
The prospect of Shaw returning to action this season has been the subject of speculation since the very night he sustained his injuries in Eindhoven, with van Gaal stating it would depend entirely on the success or failure of the defender’s rehabilitation.
But in a presumed bid to boost morale, the boss has also repeatedly suggested that Shaw could feature in the Emirates FA Cup final if United get there and that remains a distinct possibility ahead of this Saturday’s semi-final showdown with Everton at Wembley.
The FA Cup final is set for 21 May and there are five Barclays Premier League matches to play before then, against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Norwich City, West Ham United and Bournemouth.
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has spoken to MUTV about his spell on the sidelines, with the long-term absentee admitting he would like to see the fans again this season.
Shaw made an excellent start to the campaign but cruelly lost all momentum when he suffered a double fracture of the leg during September’s UEFA Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven.
After many months in the gym and swimming pool, the 20-year-old returned to outdoor training on 4 April to work with a club physiotherapist and Louis van Gaal has been pleased with his progress.
While attending a Manchester United Foundation even at the Aon Training Complex on Thursday, Shaw caught up with MUTV's David Stowell and this is what he had to say about his potential return.
Luke, it's great to see you back in training and looking great... "I am back outside now, still with the physio but, day by day, I am getting better and fitter. I am just going to keep pushing now until the end of the season and see what happens. At the moment, my leg feels really great every time I go outside. There was a bit of aching at the start but now they are all gone. It is just back to hard work now and hopefully I will see the fans before the end of the season."
When a player is injured it can be difficult to miss the dressing room banter, so it must be great for you to be back in that dressing room again? "Yeah, of course. I have missed football so much. It was hard for me to watch it at times because I missed it so much and I just wanted to be out there. Now I am on my comeback and I can start enjoying watching it, because soon I will out on the pitch with the lads. It is great to be back in the changing room with them so I am really looking forward to it."
How have the medical staff been with you throughout your recovery? "Yeah, excellent. Like I said, it has not been easy for them either because they have to sometimes deal with me being a little bit moody or what not, but we have all got through it really well. Massive thanks to them! I am not there yet, but we are going to keep pushing me. To all the staff, thank you for all they have done and what they have put with over the last seven months."
More: Watch Luke Shaw's interview with MUTV in the video player above. ****
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