It has been reported that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Luke Shaw he faces a long road back.
The England international is set to return to Manchester today, following surgery on the double broken leg he suffered in United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven.
“I called him last evening,” said van Gaal. “He sounds very strong.
“That’s amazing for me, a big surprise and a good signal. But he knows it’s also a long way he has to go.”
Shaw was due to have a second operation in Eindhoven, but will now undergo that procedure on his return to Manchester.
“It’s a closing of the stitches or something,” said van Gaal. “The pressure was too high, that’s why an immediate operation was needed.
“Opening the leg, you need to close it also. It’s not an operation, but a typical minor operation.
He will go to a private clinic in Manchester. When it’s okay, depending on the development of the injury, then he will go home, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Van Gaal admitted the appalling nature of Shaw’s injury may ultimately have a galvanising effect on the rest of his squad and bring them closer together.
“I cannot see in the heads of the players,” said van Gaal. “But I have now read that some players said it had an influence.
“Maybe it will have a positive influence in the dressing-room. When you see us playing and the spirit we have, I don’t have any doubts.”