'I'll be back': Shaw insists he's doing fine after head injury

Luke Shaw insists he is "doing fine" after being stretchered off with a nasty-looking head injury on his first England start for three years in a 2-1 defeat to Spain at Wembley.



Monday, September 10, 2018

Luke Shaw insists he is "doing fine" after being stretchered off with a nasty-looking head injury on his first England start for three years in a 2-1 defeat to Spain at Wembley.

Shaw created England's goal but was injured in an accidental clash with Dani Carvajal early in the second half, leading to a seven-minute stoppage as he was treated by several medics.

"Thank you for all the love and support. I am doing fine and am in the best hands," the Manchester United left-back tweeted. "I'm a fighter so I will be back soon!"

Shaw, 23, revealed last week that he could have lost his right leg after suffering fractures of the tibia and fibula during United's Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven in September 2015.

Shaw returned just less than a year later, but struggled for form until the start of this season when four impressive performances for the Red Devils earned him an England recall.

He repaid the faith shown by England manager Gareth Southgate with an excellent cross for Marcus Rashford to open the scoring. However, goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo gave Luis Enrique victory in his first match in charge of Spain.

"He's sat up in the dressing room talking and seems fairly comfortable," said Southgate. "We'll have to assess him a little bit more overnight but that's definitely a good sign."

However, the former Southampton defender remains a doubt for England's friendly against Switzerland on Wednesday (HK time).

"We'll go through some tests. We won't take any chances with his health," added Southgate.

Southgate said he will "stick to the plan" despite the defeat.

For all the goodwill flowing Southgate's way after his young side's surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia they have now lost three matches in a row - albeit to high-caliber opposition - for the first time since 1988. Coming on the back of defeats to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final and to Belgium in the third-place playoff,, the loss to Spain will give more ammunition to those saying England still lag behind the world's top sides.

"We have to keep reviewing and looking at what we do. But we want to stick to the plan and get better at it," Southgate said. "We are under no illusions that Spain were the better team for long periods. We are still at the early stages of what we want to do ...

"We are still finding our feet. We can go back to an old style but we will never be a top team."

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