Manchester United's Luke Shaw suffers double fracture of the right leg
Manchester United's Luke Shaw looks unlikely to play again this season after he suffered a double fracture of the right leg in the Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.
With the score at 0-0, the United left-back was taken out with a sliding tackle by Hector Moreno in the 15th minute of the group stage match in Holland.
Thank you everyone for your messages , words can't describe how gutted I am , my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 15, 2015
Shaw was carried off on a stretcher while receiving oxygen after the tackle. United confirmed the left-back's injury was incredibly serious after the match.
A United spokesperson said: "Luke Shaw has suffered a double fracture of the leg." Shaw will now be transferred to Manchester to be operated on.
He will now be transferred to Manchester to be operated on, the club has announced.
Replays showed Moreno had swept both of Shaw's feet from underneath him and his right foot lay at an angle, which indicated a break.
He stayed down for eight minutes of treatment before being carried off on a stretcher while receiving oxygen.
Louis van Gaal looked upset at seeing the 20-year-old being carried off on a stretcher.
The United manager went over to the defender and gave him a pat on the shoulder as he was carried down the tunnel. He was then taken to hospital.
Both sets of fans applauded as Shaw left the field.
Moreno was not penalised for the tackle, which happened in the PSV penalty area. Shaw's injury is not good news for Roy Hodgson.
The England manager already has major injury concerns. Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster all missed the last international double-header with long-term injuries.
Marcos Rojo, who replaced Shaw at the Philips Stadion, is likely to be a long-term replacement for Shaw at United this season.
Shaw's team-mate Adnan Januzaj, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, wrote on Twitter: "Horrible to see what happened ... I wish u all the best my brother and stay strong you will comeback even stronger ... @LukeShaw23"
Shaw himself took to Twitter, as many well-wishers sent him notes of support.
He wrote: "Thank you everyone for your messages , words can't describe how gutted I am , my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger."
His former club Southampton told Shaw to "come back stronger", to which he replied: "thank you , you don't know how much you as a club mean to me , thank you so much I really appreciate it"
Defender Chris Smalling wished team-mate Shaw a speedy recovery.
He told BT Sport 2: "I didn't see it first hand but I know that a few of the players did witness it.
"It's a very sad time and we wish him a quick recovery."
Smalling rued his side's missed chances on a "disappointing" night.
He added: "We needed that cutting edge in the final third, in the box, to try to make more of our possession.
"But I think in the first half they scored from their only chance.
"They punished us with their main two chances so it's a very disappointing night.
"We scored a good goal and then we couldn't really kick on from that and we've got a lot to learn to make sure we bounce back on Sunday."
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