Luke Shaw: Manchester United left-back could return before the end of the season, suggests Roy Hodgson

4 Mar

England manager Roy Hodgson has suggested that Luke Shaw could return from his double leg-break before the end of the season.

The Manchester United left back has been sidelined since suffering the horrific injury in his side’s opening Champions League group stage fixture against PSV Eindhoven in September.

Hodgson is monitoring Shaw’s recovery, with an eye towards selecting him for the forthcoming Euro 2016 squad. 

United are yet to specify a time-frame for the 20-year-old’s return but the national team head coach believes he could be back in contention by the final weeks of his club’s campaign.

“We’re still monitoring Luke Shaw. I know he’s making good progress and we’re monitoring Jack Wilshere,” said Hodgson.

“Hopefully by May, when I really have to make a decision, they’ll be available for selection.”

Hodgson, who was speaking at a Euro 2016 coaches’ workshop in France on Thursday, also updated reporters on the fitness of Wayne Rooney.

The 30-year-old striker has not played since damaging knee ligaments in the defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last month.

“Our doctor speaks to their club doctor, and we were told that it was probably going to take six weeks,” said Hodgson.

“At the very, very worst or could take a week or two more, which would take him into the first week of April.”

United have overcome their long list of injured absentees to inject new life into their push for a top-four Premier League finish.

Louis van Gaal’s side have won four straight games across all competitions and remain fighting on three fronts, having qualified for the sixth round of the FA Cup and the last-16 of the Europa League.


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