Manchester United left-back and England international Luke Shaw revealed he nearly lost his leg after a breaking it in two places against PSV Eindhoven in 2015.
“I had a lot of complications with my leg and that was the really hard moment for me in my career,” Shaw said on Tuesday at a news conference. “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.”
The 23-year-old was last week named in the England squad for the first time in 18 months for the Nations League match against Spain on Saturday and the friendly with Switzerland on Tuesday.
His return to the international fold follows a strong start to the season in which he has played every minute of United’s opening four games after he struggled to get into the team last term, with manager Jose Mourinho critical of Shaw’s attitude.
Shaw believes Mourinho was right to criticise him and said the Portuguese had been key to his international recall.
“I think he got frustrated with me because he knew I could do better. When I look back, maybe he was right,” Shaw said when asked about how he was treated by the United manager.
“It was a tough few years but it made me stronger mentally. I wanted to prove to him I could do what he said I couldn’t. I had a chat with the manager before the season and he said he wanted me to stay.
“I’ve matured. You could say I’ve gone from a kid to a man. I know what I need to do to push myself. I want to play for Manchester United, stay there and prove my worth to the team.”