Man Utd's Telles to make injury return in League Cup, says Solskjaer

Solskjaer added Jesse Lingard would start after the midfielder secured all three points with a late winner in Sunday's dramatic 2-1 Premier League victory at West Ham.

Telles, 28, has been sidelined since sustaining an ankle injury during pre-season training in July. The Brazilian left-back was the second choice to Luke Shaw last season and made 24 appearances across all competitions.   -  Pool via Reuters

Manchester United defender Alex Telles has returned to training and will be in the squad to face West Ham United in the League Cup on Wednesday, while 19-year-old forward Anthony Elanga will also be involved, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

Telles, 28, has been sidelined since sustaining an ankle injury during pre-season training in July. The Brazilian left-back was the second choice to Luke Shaw last season and made 24 appearances across all competitions.

"Anthony was terrific in pre-season - his attitude, his enthusiasm, his directness. I love to see players like this," Solskjaer told the club's website ahead of Wednesday's game at Old Trafford.

"He was disappointed not to travel down to West Ham (on Sunday) but he scored for the Under-23s and now he's ready. He'll be involved in the squad... Alex has worked well and will be in the squad as well.

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"We lost nobody on Sunday so it's the same squad or same pool of players to choose from. We know it's early on in the season and some players need minutes to get their proper fitness up so I will make a few changes."

Defender Phil Jones will make his return to the squad following a 20-month injury layoff.

Jones has not played for the club since scoring in the FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers in January 2020, because of a serious knee issue for which he underwent an operation last summer.

"I'm so happy for Phil," said Solskjaer.

"He has completed two 90 minutes (games) for the Under-23s, played some minutes behind closed doors and he's got no reaction on his knee. He's been working really hard."

"He will be in the squad. It's a good day for him and for us, and it’s something that he has earned."

"I know what challenges he's been through, mentally, thinking 'will I ever play football again or even be able to walk again and be able to play with the kids in the garden'."

Solskjaer added Jesse Lingard would start after the midfielder secured all three points with a late winner in Sunday's dramatic 2-1 Premier League victory at West Ham.

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