By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Luke Shaw is making a good recovery from his double leg break but Louis van Gaal is refusing set a comeback date for the Manchester United defender.
Shaw fractured his right leg in two places following a tackle by Hector Moreno in United’s 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven seven weeks ago.
Van Gaal claimed after the match that Shaw could be playing again in six months, but sources have said that it is unrealistic to expect the 20-year-old to play again this season.
Writing in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, the United manager is now reluctant to pencil in a return date.
“Luke is progressing well and is doing as well as we could have hoped at this stage,” Van Gaal wrote. “We are not putting any timings on his recovery or a return, as it is important we allow nature to take its course.
“Luke is working hard during his recuperation to keep his body in the best possible condition.
“He is receiving plenty of messages of encouragement from supporters, which I know he appreciates.”
Shaw endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his £27million move from Southampton, but started his second campaign at the club in fine form.
Speaking after the leg break against PSV in September, Van Gaal said: “”It is awful. The boy who comes at 18 years old to Manchester, has a very difficult season and next season, his second season, he plays fantastic, then this happens.”