Sam Allardyce expects Luke Shaw to be fit to start for Manchester United in the derby next weekend.
The defender was sent home from England duty with a slight muscular problem sparking real concern over whether he’d be available to play against Man City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Speaking about Shaw’s injury, Allardyce said it was a muscular ache which he didn’t feel would be enough to rule him out.
He said: “It’s a slight problem with the leg. I don’t think it’ll keep him out too long. It’s a little ache, muscular. So the wise thing to do was send him back. He wasn’t starting anyway. I’d be surprised if Shaw wasn’t okay for Manchester United’s next game.”
Shaw’s been in brilliant form for Man United at the start of this season so it would have been a huge blow to have him missing for the derby but it sounds like he’ll be able to start which is great news. Just like last year prior to his injury, Shaw has been playing excellent and I want to see that continue for him.
It was a cruel injury last year but he battled through the problems and came back this season looking like he hadn’t missed a beat, so I hope for his sake that this muscle ache is simply that and nothing more.