Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Luke Shaw could recover from a double leg fracture in time for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Left-back Shaw suffered the injury in a tackle by Hector Moreno in United’s Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven in September, and had to remain in Holland for surgery.
It was expected the 20-year-old would not return in time to get back up to speed for the European Championships, but Van Gaal has revealed there is now a chance.
“Luke is already here, he is already walking with a brace, it is unbelievable,” he said.
“He is every day here, he has started his rehabilitation already but he has a long way to go. Now his progress is going quickly but at the end we know it will level off and at that point it is difficult to maintain your mentality.
“But for now he is fantastic although we cannot say whether he will be fit for England next summer. Like Roy Hodgson says, maybe it is 50-50 because it is possible, but it is dependable on the rehabilitation and you can not say it now that he is going.
“Maybe there will be complications later, you never know. That happens a lot so we have to wait and see.”
After a difficult first season at Old Trafford, Shaw had started this campaign in fine form and looked to have made the left-back position for club and country his own.