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Manchester United's Luke Shaw set for second operation

Luke Shaw of Manchester United receives treatment
Image: Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg on Tuesday night

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw is expected to undergo a second operation on his right leg on Friday.

Sky sources understand the surgery is a planned operation to close the wound, with doctors unwilling to let him travel until they're satisfied there's no risk of infection.

The 20-year-old was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Tuesday night after breaking his right leg in two places during United's 2-1 defeat to PSV in the Champions League.

The England left-back broke his tibia and fibula following a challenge by PSV defender Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United about to be tackled by Hector Moreno of PSV Eindhoven
Image: Shaw suffered the injury after a challenge by Hector Moreno (No 3)

Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist conducted an operation on Shaw's leg on the night of the match.

It is understood United are planning to bring the player back to the UK this weekend should the second operation be successful and Shaw has recovered sufficiently.

Luke Shaw is carried off injured
Image: Shaw received treatment on the pitch at the Philips Stadion for almost 10 minutes

The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward visited Shaw the morning after the match and the player's parents are understood to be with him now.

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Shaw is said to have suffered a "clean break" of the right leg, which makes it more likely his recovery will be quicker.

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Jamie Carragher has bemoaned the timing of Luke Shaw's injury after a strong start to the season.

The player himself has not set a target for his comeback date, but Louis van Gaal said after the match that he could return by March.

"I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months," the United manager said.

"It is about how it develops. You can never say that in advance. He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season."

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Professor Graham Smith, a chartered physiotherapist, gives his a medical view on Luke Shaw's injury
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