Louis Van Gaal: Luke Shaw out till 2016

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that defender Luke Shaw would be out for at least six months after he suffered a broken leg while playing against PSV Eindhoven in a UEFA Champions League match.

PSV Eindhoven beat United 2-1 in the first match of the Champions League group stages in Eindhoven on Tuesday. A tackle by host defender Hector Moreno left the 20-year-old England international with a double fracture in his right leg, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

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Shaw was given oxygen and treated by nine medical staff during the nine-minute stoppage before he was taken off on a stretcher carefully placed on a trolley and taken to hospital. He will return to Manchester on Wednesday or Thursday for an operation.

A clearly-shaken van Gaal tried to comfort Shaw as he left the pitch and the United boss said: “It is awful. A boy who came to Manchester United at 18, had a difficult time and then plays fantastic in his second season. Then, it happens like this.”

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“When he came into the dressing room, I couldn’t say anything to him because he had on an oxygen mask, and he was crying,” the coach added.

“I am not a doctor so I cannot say how long he will be out but when you have a double fracture I think it is six months, it depends how it develops. He won’t play in the (Champions League) group phase any more. I hope he can play this season,” van Gaal said.

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