Manchester United left back Luke Shaw suffered a double leg fracture as his team took on PSV Eindhoven in their Champion’s League match last week. Mexican centre-back Hector Moreno went in hard on a reckless challenge and took out the leg of Shaw, taking him to the ground. He was writhing in pain and it appeared that his lower leg was essentially snapped in half.
He soon underwent surgery to repair the double fracture, which was a clean break of both bones. A then underwent a second surgery a few days later because doctors were concerned about infection. He has since traveled back to Manchester to begin the long six-month rehab process. Manager Louis Van Gaal is staying positive and hopes to have his defender back before the end of the season.
The loss of Shaw is a huge loss for Manchester United. They will not have to move some people around and see who else might be a fit for their back line. Daley Blind could take his place out wide, or Rojo could slide in and take Shaw’s spot. Shaw has been a strong starter for his team and brought energy and pace to his side of the field. They are optimistic he will fully recover in six months and have a long career ahead of him.
Here’s a look at the lower leg bones. You will notice there is no fracture to the tibia or fibula.