England handed new Luke Shaw injury blow - report

  • Luke Shaw an injury doubt to face Slovenia in England's last Euro 2024 group game on Tuesday
  • Left-back arrived at tournament having not played competitively since February due to muscle problem
  • Kieran Trippier has filled in at left-back for Three Lions
Shaw remains a doubt
Shaw remains a doubt / Richard Pelham/GettyImages

England's Luke Shaw is a doubt to face Slovenia in their final Euro 2024 group stage game, despite previous hopes this match would mark his return from injury, according to a report.

The 28-year-old is the only natural left-back in the Three Lions' squad for this summer's tournament, but was a risky call-up given he has not played since February due to a muscle injury. In his place, Kieran Trippier has started at left-back for England's first two group games.

The Daily Telegraph report that Gareth Southgate intended to ease Shaw back into action with some minutes against Slovenia in their last group stage match on Tuesday, but this is looking an increasingly unlikely prospect.

It was hoped that Shaw would train outside on Friday along with the other players who did not feature in their 1-1 draw with Denmark. However, he instead trained on his own indoors, leaving questions as to whether he will be fit to face Slovenia.

A source told the Telegraph there remains a real risk of Shaw picking up another injury if he is rushed back to fitness.

Gareth Southgate
Southgate may have to amend his plans / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Prior to Euro 2024, Shaw revealed his frustration at how his injuries have been managed this season, while Southgate stated there was a chance he could have been involved against Denmark.

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag claimed that England's plan was for Shaw to be reintegrated into the playing squad during the knockout stages, rather than in one of their final group matches.

Shaw's last competitive minutes came in United's 2-1 win at Luton Town back in February, during which he was substituted at half-time. He made only 15 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils during the 2023/24 season.

At international level, Shaw has been a key part of England's recent history. He notably scored the only goal in their eventual Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.