Expert: Luke Shaw now 'back to square one' after Man United training ground news
Luke Shaw is “back to square one” as he tries to convince new Man United manager Erik ten Hag that his fitness is not a cause for concern.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Shaw, 26, has spent 20 separate spells on the sidelines through illness or injury in his nine years at Old Trafford.
The longest of those came back in 2015-16 when he had bolts inserted into his leg to address a broken leg.
The left-back missed the last month of 2021-22 after he went under the knife to remove the fixation which had recently been causing him some irritation.
As relayed by the Daily Mail on Monday (27 June), Shaw was one of the first players to report for Ten Hag’s first pre-season training session at Carrington.
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Dinnery insists that Shaw must use the next few weeks wisely if he is to prove himself to the Dutchman and regain his fitness ahead of 2022-23.
“In terms of the removal of the bolts, it was serving no purpose once that bone healed many, many years ago,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The reason why these surgeries don’t happen in most cases is that most players get by with no discomfort. But for whatever reason, something changed with Luke Shaw. It flared up and he had to have it removed.
“The only issue is that where those screws went into the bone, you ultimately need those to fill up to strengthen that area. That has been and gone and he is in a good place.
“It literally is back to square one for him now. He has got to prove himself under a new manager. He tends to face a lot of flack and there have been questions raised about his fitness.
“Let’s hope he uses this time wisely. He’ll want to force his way into that England squad. So, let’s hope he gets some really good training under his belt so he can hit the ground running when the season starts in August.”
Shaw played 27 times in all competitions in 2021-22.
Those appearances yielded five assists.