It’s been a long road to recovery for Luke Shaw, but after over 10 months out of the game, the Manchester United man has hit the road running.
In fact, despite his remarkably lengthily lay-off, the 21-year-old has simply strolled back into the England squad. This proves even more remarkable given the managerial switches for both his club and country.
However, under very strange circumstances, Shaw’s England return has been ended as soon as it started. It’s certainly raised some eyebrows.
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The past year has been an extremely tough one for Shaw. August 2015 saw the 21-year-old ruled out for an unprecedented period after suffering a leg-break away to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.
It took until this summer’s pre-season for the left-back to return from Hector Moreno’s crunching and once feared ‘career ending’ tackle.
After completing his recovery with an appearance against Wigan Athletic in a friendly, Shaw has returned to a staple in the Manchester United starting XI. It appears Jose Mourinho is as much of a fan of the Englishman as his predecessor was.
In addition, the ex-Southampton man’s return was topped off by a call-up to Sam Allardyce’s first squad as England boss. Shaw looked set to scoop his seventh Three Lions caps in the all-important Slovakia clash.
However, despite having recently dismissed fears of a second major injury, Shaw has withdrawn from the England on the basis he “wasn’t feeling right”.
With the Three Lions’ inaugural World Cup qualifier just a day away it has caused widespread shock. The ambiguity of the motive hasn’t helped quell the surprise either.
The FA released the following statement in reaction to the situation: “The left-back was rested from training at St George’s Park this morning, with the medical team continuing to manage his workload.
“With Danny Rose set to start against Slovakia in Trnava tomorrow night, Shaw has been allowed to return to Manchester to train with his club as a precautionary measure. Sam Allardyce’s remaining 22 players all travelled out to Slovakia this afternoon.”
It’s fair to say the statement hasn’t helped clear up the reasoning. Consequently, numerous England supporters have taken to Twitter in reaction to the seemingly feeble withdrawal. Here are the pick of the tweets:
So, while Shaw’s exit from the England squad proves a shock in itself, the mysterious thinking behind the move only adds to this. Given his superb start to the season, it appears Danny Rose will be the only man to benefit from this perplexing development.
Nevertheless, he will be spending his international break in Manchester under the Special One’s watch.
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