Full-back eases fears over in­jury

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Sam Wal­lace CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is hope­ful that Luke Shaw’s in­jury in their 2-1 Na­tions League de­feat to Spain will not be too se­ri­ous af­ter the player was given around seven min­utes of treat­ment on the pitch be­fore be­ing car­ried off.

Shaw, 23, had a heavy clash with Spain’s Dani Car­va­jal early in the sec­ond half, hit by the Real Madrid player’s arm as he back-tracked to cut-out a long di­ag­o­nal pass. He ap­peared to fall heav­ily,

Med­i­cal staff tended to the mo­tion­less full-back for sev­eral min­utes, ad­min­is­ter­ing oxy­gen and cov­er­ing his eyes be­fore care­fully plac­ing him on a stretcher.

At one point, they waved away con­cerned team-mates. Sky de­clined to show re­plays of the in­ci­dent, in which Car­va­jal ap­peared blame­less.

Shaw was re­placed on 53 min­utes by Tot­ten­ham’s Danny Rose. He was later re­ported to be awake in the dress­ing -room and us­ing his phone.

Shaw, who has had a dif­fi­cult re­cov­ery from a bad leg break three years against PSV Eind­hoven in the Cham­pi­ons League, and has of­ten been sin­gled out for crit­i­cism by Jose Mour­inho, had played a key role in the game, which Eng­land lost 2-1.

He set up United team-mate Mar­cus Rash­ford with a del­i­cate through ball in a sweep­ing Eng­land move to open the scor­ing on 11 min­utes.

But Spain hit back within a minute through Saul Niguez, and Ro­drigo took ad­van­tage of de­fen­sive un­cer­tainty to put the vis­i­tors ahead on 32 min­utes when he beat the off­side trap at a free­kick. Eng­land piled on the pres­sure, with Rash­ford com­ing close, but their first match since the World Cup, where they reached the semi-fi­nal be­fore los­ing to Croa­tia, ended in de­feat.

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