England U21s manager Gareth Southgate has been instructed by Manchester United to not reveal the full details of Luke Shaw‘s current injury problems which led to him being left out of the U21s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
The 19-year-old suffered from concussion against Crystal Palace and subsequently missed the home game against Arsenal as he ther failed to recover from the head injury he suffered.
However, there are suggestions that Shaw’s injury could be worse than previously thought and it has led to Louis van Gaal protecting him by keeping the news out of the press.
When asked if he felt Shaw could recover from concussion in time for the European Championships, Southgate said: “I cannot answer that. These young players are not ours, we don’t own them.”
Southgate then elaborated and said instead of being against his participation, Van Gaal wanted Shaw to play in the tournament: “Louis has again been very supportive of him coming.”
If Shaw’s current injury was concussion only, then he would have enough time to recover before the Euros start on June 17, which indicates there may well be something more to it than is being told to the public.
This whole story has got a very Sir Alex feel to it. Protecting players was always his priority and Van Gaal is doing precisely that with Shaw in this scenario.
It would certainly be typical of Shaw’s season if he has suffered complications or a more serious injury.