Luke Shaw was taken off on a stretcher after suffering a suspected broken leg in the first half of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.
The incident occurred 15 minutes into the game when left-back Shaw made a surging run into the PSV box and Mexican defender Hector Moreno caught his standing leg as he attempted to poke the ball past him.
The game was stopped for almost 10 minutes as United’s medical staff attended to the stricken 20-year-old and they gave him oxygen before very carefully putting him onto a stretcher.
The England international had been one of United’s standout players this season after spending the summer getting himself into peak physical condition.
Marcos Rojo, who replaced Shaw at the Philips Stadion, is likely to be a long-term replacement for Shaw at United this season.
Shortly after suffering the injury, Shaw thanked the well-wishers who sent him notes of support via his Twitter account.
He wrote: “Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.”
His former club Southampton told Shaw to “come back stronger”, to which he replied: “thank you, you don’t know how much you as a club mean to me, thank you so much I really appreciate it.”
Shaw’s team-mate Adnan Januzaj, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, wrote on Twitter: “Horrible to see what happened … I wish u all the best my brother and stay strong you will comeback even stronger … @LukeShaw23”