United defender Shaw out for six months after horrific injury

Eindhoven, Sep 16 (IANS) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that defender Luke Shaw was in tears after suffering a broken leg against Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven that will keep him out for at least six months.

PSV Eindhoven beat United 2-1 in the first match of the Champions League group stages here on Tuesday.

A tackle by PSV defender Hector Moreno left the 20-year-old England international with a double fracture in his right leg, the Dailymail reported on Tuesday.

Shaw was given oxygen and treated by nine medical staff during the nine-minute stoppage here before he was taken off on a stretcher carefully placed on a trolley and taken to hospital.

He will return to Manchester on Wednesday or Thursday for an operation.

A clearly-shaken van Gaal had tried to comfort Shaw as he left the pitch and the United boss said, “It is awful. A boy who came to Manchester United at 18, had a difficult time and then plays fantastic in his second season. Then, it happens like this.”

“When he came into the dressing room, I couldn’t say anything to him because he had on an oxygen mask, and he was crying,” the coach added.

“I am not a doctor so I cannot say how long he will be out but when you have a double fracture I think it is six months, it depends how it develops. He won’t play in the (Champions League) group phase any more. I hope he can play this season,” van Gaal said.

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