Bolton Wanderers' former Norwich City left back Marc Tierney, who retired from football last year following his own injury heartbreak has been quoted in the press as offering advice to injured Manchester United and England full back Luke Shaw.
Speaking to the MEN, Tierney said:
"My injury was a freak where I broke my leg and a particular bone in my foot that you probably only break in a car crash,"
"I remember Googling my injury and I couldn't find anyone who had suffered it. And these days it is really rare for a player to retire through injury.
"So, as horrible an injury as Luke's looks, there have been a lot of players who have come back and done really well since.
"Sadly, he won't be the last lad who suffers that injury this year. My former Bolton team-mate, Alex Baptiste, broke his ‘fib' and ‘tib' playing for Middlesbrough this summer.
He then said:
"But you can come back, especially with the facilities they have got at United.
"He will get the best of the best treatment and that will stand him in good stead. He is a young, fit lad and will get back to his best within a year's time."
Shaw, who moved to United from Southampton for nigh on £30m, suffered the injury in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven recently, will no doubt be grateful for Tierney's words which point to a speedy and effective recovery for the youngster.