Luke Shaw hoping to prove fitness ahead of Manchester derby

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Luke Shaw is hoping to prove his fitness to Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday's crucial Manchester derby, according to The Telegraph.

The Manchester United left-back caused concern earlier this week after pulling out of the England squad complaining of an aching pain in the leg he broke.

Shaw spent the vast majority of last season on the sidelines after suffering a horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven in September.

So far, his return to full fitness has been rather impressive. The 21-year-old has already started to rekindle the kind of form that convinced United to spend £30m on him and, as mentioned, is already back in the senior England setup.

The pain in his leg was seen as a sign that he is rushing his recovery and needs to take a break. However, the game against Manchester City is already being billed as a title clash and Shaw is understandably desperate to play.

Not participating in England's game against Slovakia appears to have given him all the rest he needs and he is now hoping to convince Mourinho that he is fit to start against Pep Guardiola's men.

Injury crisis

The news should come as a significant boost to the Special One, who was facing a potential headache ahead of his first Premier League meeting with Guardiola.

Antonio Valencia will also struggle to be fit as he will only return from international duty 24 hours before kick-off while Chris Smalling is yet to start a Premier League match this season.

Without a viable alternative to Shaw, Mourinho would be forced to play Daley Blind at left-back and then Marcos Rojo or Phil Jones in the centre, unless Smalling can prove his fitness.

Selection headache

Meanwhile, Mourinho faces a welcome problem up front after the Special One saw Marcus Rashford bury a hat-trick for England's Under-21 side against Norway.

The 18-year-old has started on the bench in each of United's three Premier League games but is pushing hard for a starting place.

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