Shaw admits he has missed training for United and England

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has opened up on his recent fitness issues in an interview with the club website.

Shaw was substituted in the first half of the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last month and missed the 2-1 win over Villarreal days later.

The England defender returned for the 1-1 draw with Everton before the international break and played the full 90 minutes for Gareth Southgate’s side on Tuesday as Hungary held them by the same scoreline.

But Shaw admitted he has missed training for club and country recently as he continues his fitness battle.

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“I’m feeling much better now than I did in the last few weeks. To be honest, I hadn’t really trained at all, leading up to the game against Villa,” he said. “Obviously I was ill and I had to come off then.

“Leading up through the week I didn’t even train to be honest. That was a bit of a struggle because I didn’t feel 100 per cent fit but like I said, whatever the team needs, if they need me I’ll always make myself available.

“With England I didn’t really train much either but I managed to get another game in but I’m feeling much better now and hopefully I’m feeling much more fresher than I definitely have in the past month.

Shaw admitted he is still carrying a wrist problem, and potentially other issues down his left side. “I’ve been quite patched up over the last month. “My whole left side has been patched up but it’s gradually getting better.

“I still need it [the wrist strapping] now but things are getting better so hopefully I’ll get rid of it soon.”

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Shaw has not quite looked like himself in the early part of the season, and he was dragged across too easily for Everton’s equaliser at Old Trafford earlier this month.

He gave away a penalty on England duty, although it was an incredibly harsh decision.

Perhaps the fact he has not been training and has been battling injuries has had something to do with that.

It sounds like the wrist problem is still to clear up and while he is getting better, the other issues are perhaps not 100 per cent sorted either.

That said, he is still likely to play against Leicester today. Shaw has said he is willing to play through pain for the team and that is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked the likes of Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford to do in the past.

That may have longer term consequences, but at the moment, Shaw is seemingly optimistic about his recovery and he will be hoping to help United return to winning ways today.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.