Manchester United defender missing injured for a month

Luke Shaw’s hamstring injury means he won’t be available until September

Manchester United defender missing injured for a month

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August 14th, 2014

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday’s clash against Swansea City after news emerged that Luke Shaw will be missing in action for several weeks.

Shaw has sustained a hamstring injury which means he won’t play any part in Manchester United’s August fixtures, with the England international expected back in September.

The left-back was expected to operate as a wing-back as part of a 3-4-3 formation this term, although Louis van Gaal was far from impressed with the player’s fitness levels this week and ordered him to take extra training for his new role.

A statement on United’s website read: “Luke Shaw has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the opening game of the season against Swansea City on Saturday.

“The England international, a summer signing from Southampton, is likely to be sidelined for around four weeks.

“Shaw sat out the friendly victory against Valencia at Old Trafford due to the problem and faces a wait before making his competitive debut for the club.”

Shaw was originally doubtful for Saturday’s curtain-raiser although his absence causes problems considering that Antonio Valencia is struggling with injury and Jonny Evans is also reported to be carrying a knock.

Valencia is potentially in line to play the right wing-back role although Van Gaal’s options are limited ahead of the clash against a Swans team who won at Old Trafford last term.

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