Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has revealed he thought about retiring after his horror injury at the start of the 2015/16 season.
The England international looks back to his best now after a lengthy recovery process that has seen him in and out of the team under a demanding Jose Mourinho.
It can be difficult for outsiders to truly understand the process Shaw has underwent. Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey took over two years to rediscover his form of old after snapping his leg in a collision with Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross, formerly of United.
Shaw now says he feels good, however, and that certainly looks the case on the pitch after the 23-year-old’s fine form at the start of this season.
Now back in the England squad after a call-up on this international break from Gareth Southgate, it shows that Shaw is impressing all around him at the moment. He opens up about his horrific leg break three years ago and how it almost made him hang up his boots.
Shockingly, the defender also says he could have lost his leg if the injury hadn’t been handled quit so carefully, which just puts his recovery into a whole new perspective.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about stopping playing,” he is quoted by BBC Sport.
“I had a lot of complications with my leg and that was the really hard moment for me in my career,” he added.
“But I had a lot of good people around me, a lot of good friends and family. They helped me through it.
“No-one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me.
“At the time, they were thinking about flying me back and if I’d have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff.
“I’ve got – I don’t want to talk about it too much – two scars down the side of my leg where they had to cut it open and pull them out because of how severe it was.
“But I don’t really care about that anymore. I feel really strong – and my right leg is exactly as it was before my leg break.”
Luke Shaw reveals he almost lost his leg in the horrific injury
Credit to Shaw to have the fight and determination to get himself back and win player of the month and back in the England team. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Totally Man Utd™ (@TotallyMUFC) 5 September 2018