Luke Shaw
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is set to undergo a second surgery as he continues his recovery process from a double fracture. Getty

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is set to undergo a second surgery on his right leg on Friday. The Red Devils defender suffered a double fracture to the tibia and fibula from a tackle by PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno during their Champions League clash on Tuesday (15 September) night.

According to Sky Sports, the England international will undergo another surgery in the Dutch hospital as part of his recovery from the double fracture, with the Red Devils hoping to fly him back to England this weekend. But that will be possible only if the surgery is a success and the defender manages to recover sufficiently to travel.

Louis van Gaal was devastated following the injury to his defender, and hopes to have him back before the end of the season. Shaw has been United's best player thus far this season, starting all the games in the Premier League and the Champions League. The 20-year-old defender also started in the both the games for England during their Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland earlier in the month.

The report claims Shaw's parents are currently with him. With the doctors claiming his fracture to be a clean break, his recovery process is expected to be faster than usual.

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has sympathised with the United defender, who was just getting back into his best form prior to the injury. The former Southampton star had a difficult debut campaign with the Red Devils after joining the club last summer, but had vowed to make it right this campaign. Van Gaal had even indicated that this could be Shaw's season to shine.

"It's very sad for him and for Manchester United," Carragher said, as quoted on Sky Sports. "You think of how well he has performed this season, he has possibly been United's best player alongside Chris Smalling in the early weeks. He was probably about to really cement that left-back position as his own and also with England ahead of the Euros, just as Ashley Cole did for a decade."

"Hopefully for him he could come back for United before the end of the season and then make the Euros, but it could be a long road to recovery," the former Reds defender added.