Manchester United defender Luke Shaw could well have handed Jose Mourinho a big boost, by playing against Watford; just a week after suffering a concussion.
That’s according to the BBC, who adds that the left-back is being treated in United’s ‘enhanced care setting’ despite the fact that Football Association guidelines say a player shouldn’t run out for fourteen days following a major blow to the head.
American Football fans will know, concussions are serious stuff. I’d argue that they’re probably the worst injury you can suffer in the long-term. Post-playing career, brain issues have prematurely taken the lives of so many sports stars.
In England, we don’t view head injuries anywhere near as serious as we should. They aren’t to be played with. In my (unprofessional) opinion, Shaw should be given at least this match off.
Let him get his head right (literally). The situation is potentially career-ending. Let him fully recover, rest, recuperate. He’s had bad enough luck with injuries, the last thing he needs is a head problem.
In terms of back-up, there is Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and potentially Diogo Dalot. Give him a week off, let him come back at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in eleven days time.