Luke Shaw likely to miss the rest of Manchester United season

Luke Shaw likely to miss the rest of Manchester United’s season after surgery to remove metal bolts put in his leg after horror break suffered in 2015 with Ralf Rangnick also without four other players for Norwich game

  • Luke Shaw underwent surgery to remove metal bolts in his leg from past injury
  • Left-back suffered a broken leg during match with PSV Eindhoven back in 2015
  • Having struggled in recent weeks, Shaw had an operation to put things right
  • United interim boss Ralf Rangnick confirmed he is likely to miss rest of season
  • The club have seven games left as they push for Premier League top four spot
  • Fred, Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani also ruled out

Luke Shaw will be out of action for up to five weeks and is unlikely to play again this season, Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed.

Shaw has had surgery to remove metal bolts from his right leg that were inserted after he suffered a horrific double fracture in a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015.

The England defender was initially expected to be out for three weeks, but Rangnick revealed that it could be up to five weeks meaning that Shaw’s season could be over.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is likely to miss the remainder of the season

Shaw had two metal bolts inserted into his leg after suffering a double fracture back in 2015

Shaw had two metal bolts inserted into his leg after suffering a double fracture back in 2015

‘As it seems, he will be out for at least another four or five weeks,’ said Rangnick. ‘It will be difficult for him to be available for the remaining seven games.’

United are expected to be without another four players for Saturday’s game against Norwich at Old Trafford with Fred, Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani all out.

‘Five players will still be missing for tomorrow, some of them also for the upcoming games,’ added Rangnick. ‘Fred, Scott, Raphael Varane will still be missing out, Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani are the five.’

Shaw has struggled in recent games and had surgery last week to remove the metal bolts

Shaw has struggled in recent games and had surgery last week to remove the metal bolts

Ralf Rangnick has said it will be 'difficult' for Shaw to be available for United's remaining games

Ralf Rangnick has said it will be ‘difficult’ for Shaw to be available for United’s remaining games

Man United run-in

Fixtures subject to change

April 16 Norwich City (H)

April 19 Liverpool (A)

April 23 Arsenal (A)

May 2 Brentford (H)

May 7 Brighton (A)

May 15 Chelsea (H) TBC

May 22 Crystal Palace (A)

United are facing an increasingly desperate battle to finish in the top-four and must beat the Premier League’s bottom club at Old Trafford to stay in the hunt.

Rangnick admits the loss of so many players to injury since beating West Ham with a dramatic late Marcus Rashford winner in January has hit his team hard.

‘I can imagine what the reasons are and without using that as an excuse or an alibi we have lost a few players since West Ham,’ he said.

‘We lost three of our strikers who were all part of that game and that last second goal we scored. Right now, we are missing Fred and Scott McTominay, our two defensive midfielders. This is also probably one of the reasons why we are not playing sustainably.

‘We have reduced the amount of goals we have conceded but we are struggling to score goals. It’s not always the case. It’s about finding the best possible balance to defend our own goal and our own box.

‘The way we defended the Everton goal (in a 1-0 defeat last weekend) I was not happy, Nemanja (Matic) could have defended the ball in a better way but there were 12-15 seconds we could have defended in a better way.

‘Not keeping a clean sheet in a game like this, if we scored the first goal we would probably have won it.’

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