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Thursday 21 September 2017

Mourinho rules out Shaw for rest of season

Mancherster United's Luke Shaw
Mancherster United's Luke Shaw

Left-back Luke Shaw will miss the rest of Manchester United's season with a foot injury, manager Jose Mourinho has announced.

Having returned from a double leg break in the summer, the 21-year-old has endured a frustrating comeback campaign.

Shaw has had some issues to overcome this term and struggled for game time, although the England international had managed to force his way back into Mourinho's plans in recent weeks.

However, the United boss has confirmed Sunday's start against Swansea was his 19th and final appearance of a difficult campaign, having been forced off after just nine minutes.

It is understood the left-back was due to see a specialist after scans showed ligament damage in his left foot, which Mourinho says will bring his campaign to a premature end.

"Luke Shaw is injured and it is an important injury obviously," Mourinho said ahead of tonight's Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo. "But we are still waiting for one more medical opinion for the medical department to decide what to do.

"But it doesn't matter what, he is out for the season. That is confirmed."

Shaw joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah on the sidelines, although Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones return to the fold in Spain. Eric Bailly is "ready to play" after being forced off with a muscle problem against Swansea.

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