Luke Shaw vows to "come back stronger" after leg break
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has vowed to "come back stronger" after his Champions League debut ended in agony as he suffered a double leg break against PSV Eindhoven.
Shaw was carried off in agony after a 15th minute challenge from Hector Moreno shattered the leg of the 20-year-old full-back, with the nine-minute delay in removing him from the pitch highlighting the severity of the injury.
Our thoughts go out to @LukeShaw23, who has suffered a double fracture of the leg. He will have an operation on his return to Manchester.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2015
The defender who has started this season in sparkling fashion was clearly in despair when he made his way to an Eindhoven hospital for treatment, but he still found time to tweet this message:
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 quickly received widespread support from his team-mates and colleagues in the game, with United loanee Adnan Januzaj tweeting out this message:
Horrible to see what happened 🙏👎 I wish u all the best my brother and stay strong you will comeback even stronger 🙏🙏 @LukeShaw23— Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) September 15, 2015
Gutted for you @LukeShaw23 . Wishing you a speedy recovery 💪🏻⚽️— Fraser Forster (@FraserForster) September 15, 2015
There was also this classy message from Shaw's former club Southampton, which he quickly responded to:
@SouthamptonFC thank you , you don't know how much you as a club mean to me , thank you so much I really appreciate it— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 15, 2015
United's night of misery was completed as they lost their opening Champions League game in Eindhoven 2-1, despite dominating the match for long periods.
A 1-0 win for Wolfsburg against CSKA Moscow means United are now three points off the pace in Group B, with Wolfsburg their next opponents at Old Trafford later this month.