Luke Shaw is delighted to be back to training after missing the last seven months due to a double fracture sustained during a Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven. The Manchester United defender is still working with the physio building fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines and is yet to join the first-team for a full training session.
The 22-year-old left-back was United's best player until he suffered the injury, and he is keen to be back playing in front of the fans sooner rather than later. A number of players have been deployed by Louis van Gaal in place of the Englishman, but the manager will be hoping for Shaw's return, which has been pencilled in for the FA Cup final on 21 May, when United take on Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
Shaw has admitted that it was difficult to watch the team at times during his recovery period, but is glad to be back with the squad and be part of the dressing room in the latter part of the season, as they chase a place in the top four. The defender will also be hoping to return and prove his fitness at the earliest, in the hope of making Roy Hodgson's final 23-man squad for England's Euro 2016 campaign in France later this year.
"I am back outside now, still with the physio but, day by day, I am getting better and fitter. I am just going to keep pushing now until the end of the season and see what happens. At the moment, my leg feels really great every time I go outside. There was a bit of aching at the start but now they are all gone. It is just back to hard work now and hopefully I will see the fans before the end of the season," Shaw told MUTV.
"Yeah, of course. I have missed football so much. It was hard for me to watch it at times because I missed it so much and I just wanted to be out there. Now I am on my comeback and I can start enjoying watching it, because soon I will out on the pitch with the lads. It is great to be back in the changing room with them so I am really looking forward to it," the former Southampton defender added.