Luke Shaw.

The unusual injury that almost ended Shaw's Euros

Wednesday 16 June 2021 11:21

Luke Shaw has revealed that, at one stage, he feared missed Euro 2020 due to rupturing his wrist ligaments.

The full-back enjoyed a superb season with Manchester United, and was honoured with our Players' Player of the Year at the end of the campaign.

Further reward for his consistent form was a return to the England set-up and, ultimately, a place in manager Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for the European Championship.

However, an injury sustained during the Europa League final with Villarreal did put that dream in jeopardy.

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The 25-year-old admitted a few worries had set in ahead of the summer competition, as he was forced to wear strapping on his left wrist.

“[I was worried about missing the Euros] a little bit at one point because when I was getting treatment at the club, obviously I had an MRI scan and what-not,” Luke told TalkSport.
 
“The doc had a look at it and couldn’t see the problem where the main ligament was so he had to send it to a specialist.
 
“I thought, maybe if it is the bad one, then maybe I might have to have an operation or something.
 
“He didn’t say anything and I was a little bit panicky,” Shaw continued, “but then obviously, the next morning, I’ve got the results and it wasn’t as bad as they thought, so I was fine.”
Shaw missed out on the starting XI for England’s opening game – a 1-0 victory over Croatia at Wembley – with Kieran Trippier starting at left-back, and admitted disappointment.
 
“We found out the day before the game,” he explained. “We had a meeting in the morning and he [Southgate] obviously named the team.
 
“Of course, anyone has initial thoughts when they’re not playing in a game that everyone wants to play in. It is obviously disappointing.
“But even if you’re not playing, I think we’ve still got a role in the team to train well, train properly and get the lads ready for a very big game and do whatever is necessary to play my part in getting them ready for that.
 
“I was obviously disappointed, but Gareth has 11 players he needs to pick and all I can do is train well, train hard and see what Gareth does in the next game.
 
“But that’s the only thing I can do, keep smiling, keep enjoying it and do whatever I can to help the team, whether I am playing or not.”
 
England play their second game of the group stage on Friday (18 June) when they face neighbours Scotland at Wembley (kick-off 20:00 BST).

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