Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw chose to play through the pain in the last three matches of Euro 2020, despite breaking his ribs in the 16-year-old victory over Germany.
Shaw, who arrived at the tournament with a wrist injury, was one of the stars of the show in the 2-0 victory against Germany, set up Raheem Sterling for the opening goal and played an important role in the second.
Shaw was excellent against Germany / Marc Atkins / Getty Images
It was impressive enough already, but according to The Telegraph, he actually breastfed broken ribs during that game, making his performance even more ridiculous.
If that’s not enough for you, Shaw continued to produce his best performance this summer in the 4-0 victory over Ukraine just a few days later and then played every minute in both the semi-finals and the final – opened the scoring in the latter.
Playing through the pain may not make him too popular with those in charge at United as he will likely need some treatment for the injury, but it has been further delayed by Shaw after the holiday after the tournament.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is anxious for Shaw to return to Carrington as soon as possible to undergo scans on the injury to assess how much football he will miss.
His pre-season commitment has already been limited due to England’s deep run in the Euros, and there is a good chance he may not play at all due to this injury, which means his chances of being featured in the season opener against Leeds on 14 August is narrow to none.
Shaw can miss the start of the season / Stu Forster / Getty Images
Solskjaer is already expected to be without forward Marcus Rashford, who is considering undergoing shoulder surgery that could force him to miss about three months of action, and losing Shaw would leave the boss without both his preferred left-back and left-back.
United still have Brazilian Alex Telles, who is likely to fill Shaw until the 26-year-old is ready to return.