Luke Shaw – Manchester United Left-back, revealed that he almost had his leg amputated after suffering a horrific double leg break in the match against PSV in club’s Champions League 2015.
He had to face a tackle from PSV’s Hector Moreno, which eventually left Shaw with a double fracture. He then had to leave Philip’s stadium pitch on a stretcher.
He was not featured since 2017, set his international return as he is preparing for England’s UEFA Nations League clash against Switzerland.
He said: “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes think about stopping playing football, but I had a lot of good friends and family around me and they helped me through it.
He was of the view that he will never leave football whatever happens, but after six months of treatment what the doctor has to tell him was horrendous.
“I nearly lost my leg, I was actually really close to losing my leg and I never knew that until six months after when the doctor told me.
“Of course, if I knew that I would never have stopped, even if he had told me there was a worry, I would have tried.
Shaw, 23, has a passion for football and he was not able to accept the fact that he will not be playing football again.
“I want to be playing football, I want to be playing in the biggest games possible, winning trophies – that’s my motivation, and like I said I want to be known as one of the best full-backs in the world.”
The blood clots were reported in the leg due to which the doctors thought of amputating the leg.
“At the time, they were thinking about flying me back from Eindhoven and if I’d have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff in the leg,” Shaw added.
He did not want to talk much about his suffering due to the injury as he said:
“I’ve got – I don’t want to talk about it too much – two scars down the side of my leg where they had to cut it open and pull them out because of how severe it was.
By the end, he mentioned that the injury and suffering were not able to break his strength and passion for the game.
“But I don’t really care about that anymore. I feel really strong – and my right leg is exactly as it was before my leg break.”