Luke Shaw ‘touch and go’ to make Euro 2024, reveals Gareth Southgate | Football

Shaw has had an injury-hit 2023-24 season (Picture: Getty)

England boss Gareth Southgate says it is ‘touch and go’ whether injured Manchester United star Luke Shaw will make his Euro 2024 squad.

Shaw is currently sidelined with a muscle injury after limping off in United’s 2-1 win over Luton Town in February, with initial reports suggesting he could be ruled out for the rest of the season.

United’s official update ruled Shaw out ‘for a few months’ with no specific timeline for his return in place.

His latest injury setback has raised doubts over his place in the England squad heading to Germany this summer with Southgate admitting he and his staff could have a difficult decision to make.

On Wednesday, the England boss announced his England squad for upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Asked if Shaw’s participation at the Euros is ‘touch and go’, Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Well, we have to say yes is the answer to that because the timelines would suggest he will only be available in the dying embers of the season.

‘You don’t know what version of the player you are going to get.

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Shaw opened the scoring in the Euro 2020 final (Picture: Getty)

‘We might have everybody that is currently injured back and available and how fit and how match fit and how robust to get through a tournament, we are going to have to work that out as well in the next few months.’

Elsewhere at left-back for England, Ben Chilwell has also struggled with injury at Chelsea this season having only won two caps for his country since 2021. Levi Colwill has often played in that position for the Blues.

Manchester City starlet Rico Lewis made his England debut against North Macedonia in November while Kieran Trippier has been deployed at left-back in the past.

Shaw started all five of England’s games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and was also first-choice at Euro 2020 when he scored in the final against Italy.

The United defender has been limited to just 15 starting appearances in an injury-hit season. The 28-year-old was sidelined for three months with a separate muscle issue earlier in the campaign, missing three more games over the festive period.

His latest injury has caused a major headache for Erik ten Hag with Tyrell Malacia also unavailable and unlikely to feature at all this season.

Lisandro Martinez has also been sidelined since early February. The Argentina international will join up with his international teammates for friendlies against El Salvador and Costa Rica for this month’s international break but is not expected to feature in those games.

United hope to have him available for their game against Brentford on 30 March.

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