Injury expert: Shaw in 'scary' Man United incident that could have been 'fatal'
Luke Shaw’s second concussion injury for Man United in recent times could have been “fatal” in different circumstances.
So says medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Shaw picked up a concussion in the Manchester derby on 6 November and was forced to withdraw from the subsequent England squad.
The left-back returned against Watford on 20 November but again suffered a concussion that forced him to miss the win over Villarreal three days later.
Speaking to United’s media team ahead of that match, interim boss Michael Carrick explained Shaw’s absence: “We need to assess him as a precaution.”
Dinnery explains that Shaw’s second injury could have had dire consequences if the international break had not afforded him an extended rehab time.
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“The big concern with a concussion is when you get the second one,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They call it second impact syndrome. If you receive a second concussion before the brain has fully healed, it can cause immediate brain swelling.
“It’s rare but it certainly can’t be ruled out. That can cause life-long disability or even be fatal.
“That is the worry, when things get scary. So to take him off and protect him was absolutely the right thing to do.
“In elite-level football, they are classed as working in an enhanced care setting. That can mean a player can return to play a week after a concussion.
“That’s not long and it takes the brain a lot longer to recover than that.
“The fact that Shaw had that initial concussion and then was afforced a two-week period could have been crucial.
“It would have been a serious concern if he’d been out for one week and then suffered another concussion.”
Shaw will likely make his comeback under the supervision of a new manager following Ole Gunnar Solsjaer’s dismissal.
United are widely reported to be on the brink of instating Ralf Ragnick on a six-month contract.