Erik ten Hag confirms huge injury blow as Man Utd star faces ‘complicated’ recovery

Luke Shaw’s chances of making England’s squad for Euro 2024 are now seriously doubtful following a setback in his recuperation from injury.

After suffering a thigh injury, Shaw had returned to training, raising hopes that he would make another appearance before Manchester United’s season concluded. Erik ten Hag has a difficult time making decisions on his starting lineup because the left-back has missed fifteen games since going off during United’s 2-1 victory over Luton on February 18.

After finishing their Premier League season on Sunday, United will play Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley the following weekend. On Sunday, they travel to Brighton. When asked on Thursday if Shaw and Harry Maguire, his England teammate, would be available, Ten Hag responded in a concerning way.

“For England, I can’t say – it’s not up to me,” he said. “But for the Cup final, we’re working on it. Harry Maguire, I think it’s a fair chance he will be available.

“Luke is more complicated, in this moment. I think it’s less of a chance that he will make it but there is still a chance. He had a setback, and now we have to find out how he is.” Both United and England are short of options at left-back, meaning Shaw’s injury is a major problem.

Tyrell Malacia’s injury has kept Ten Hag without him for the entire season, and in recent months, they have had to start players who aren’t in position at left defense. Shaw has a short window of time to make Gareth Southgate’s provisional 26-man England selection for Euro 2024, which is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday.

Ben Chilwell, who started England’s last two friendlies in March against Brazil and Belgium, would seem to be the most probable winner if Shaw is unable to recover in time. However, he has recently been dealing with knee problems. England’s competition begins on June 16 against Serbia after friendlies against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iceland in early June. Kieran Trippier and Levi Colwill are Southgate’s other left-back possibilities.

Speaking earlier this month, Ten Hag bemoaned United’s glut of injuries this season. “For over 10 years I am managing, I never had this experience,” he said. “So huge, so many injury issues, so I trust all my experience, it can happen once in 10 years. Hopefully now I have to wait another 10 to have so many injuries to deal with.”

United have plenty to play for on the final day of the season. Despite beating Newcastle 3-2 on Wednesday, they remain eighth in the Premier League table, needing another win over Brighton to compete for European places. Ten Hag could be preparing for his final two games as United boss, amid uncertainty over his future.

“All the issues will only distract us,” Ten Hag said. “We know what we’re building on and we have to keep this process going but at the same time we have to win games. The focus for me and the team is those two games.”

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