England left-back Luke Shaw played the bulk of the Euro 2020 knockout rounds with broken ribs, a report by the Telegraph has revealed.
Shaw, whose career previously looked as though it’d caved in on itself after a bright start at Southampton, now has to be regarded among the best left-backs on the planet.
After a storming campaign for Manchester United, Gareth Southgate elected the 26-year-old as the man to start at left-back for England, ahead of Champions League winner Ben Chilwell.
It was a decision which was justified by Shaw’s superb showings throughout the competition. He also, as we’re sure you’ll remember, scored the fastest goal ever in a European Championship final.
Impressively, the Telegraph have now reported that Shaw did it all with broken ribs, having suffered the injury while facing off against Germany in the last 16 stage of the tournament.
The quarter-final against Ukraine, as well as the semi-final and final against Italy – during both of which he played 120 minutes – were both completed via a push through the pain barrier.
The report notes that Man United are yet to assess Shaw to determine his availability for the upcoming campaign. They’ve had to wait, though, because Luke’s been busy in Mykonos…
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