Luke Shaw could be out injured for the rest of the season after operation

Luke Shaw faces missing the rest of the season with injury, The Telegraph report.

Shaw was substituted during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester at the start of the month.

The left-back’s injury was a complicated one, owing to his previous serious knee injury suffered against PSV Eindhoven in 2015.

Shaw has undergone an operation to have metal screws taken out of his leg, and The Telegraph report this could take longer to heal from than first anticipated.

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United were reported to be expecting to miss Shaw for around three weeks, but it is now feared he will miss the rest of the campaign.

The screws had been inserted into Shaw’s leg to help heal his 2015 injury, and they have reportedly been causing him discomfort throughout the season, resulting in United’s decision to get them removed.

The injury came at a bad time for Shaw, days after he scored for England during the international break.

Alex Telles has taken over at left-back and will retain his place, and while United can turn to Alvaro Fernandez as a further deputy, Diogo Dalot can also play at the position.

Contract talks must go on hold

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There has been talk United are pursuing a contract extension for Shaw, with Fabrizio Romano reporting the club plan to discuss it in the coming weeks.

It would be sensible to put this on hold, to further assess Shaw’s fitness and recovery, before committing to a long term deal.

Shaw’s injury issues could get worse and not better, this is owing to an injury seven years ago which is still causing the defender issues.

Incoming boss Erik ten Hag may also have his own plans at left-back, and it would be unwise to over-commit to Shaw at this current crossroads.

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