Shaw explains how he almost lost his leg

Shaw became one of the most expensive teenagers in world football in June 2014 when, aged 18, he moved from Southampton to United for £27m, four months after his England debut.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says he “nearly lost” his leg after breaking it in two places in 2015.

The full-back, 23, missed the rest of the season after suffering the injury in a Champions League 2-1 defeat by PSV Eindhoven.

Recalled by England for this month’s games against Spain and Switzerland, Shaw said he feels “privileged” to be part of the squad again.

Shaw says, “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about stopping playing,” he said.

“I had a lot of complications with my leg and that was the really hard moment for me in my career.

“No-one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me.

“At the time, they were thinking about flying me back and if I’d have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff.

“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.

“But I don’t really care about that any more. I feel really strong and my right leg is exactly as it was before my leg break.”

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