Manchester United left-back Alex Telles sustained an ankle injury during pre-season and as a result, he has been ruled out until September. The new Premier League season kicks off in less than three weeks and Telles absence leaves the club coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short of options in the starting XI.
“Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Alex Telles is likely to be out until September,” according to the club’s official website. It was hoped that the Brazilian would only be out for a short time after twisting his ankle during a training session prior to United’s recent friendly against QPR.
However, manager Solskjaer has now acknowledged that additional tests have detected that the condition is worse than previously suspected. The treatment for the recovery could force Telles to miss at least the initial two weeks of the season.
“Unfortunately, it’s worse news on Alex Telles than we hoped for,” Solskjaer told the club’s in-house media. “His ankle injury is a little bit more severe than we hoped and he’ll be out for a little spell at least, the whole of August I would think.”
That would rule him out of the rest of pre-season, as well as United’s first three Premier League games against Leeds, Southampton, and Wolves, leading to the September international break.
“That is football. We’ve got kids wanting to play of course. Brandon has done well in the left-back position,” the boss added. Solskjaer has hinted that 20-year-old Brandon Williams will likely be the man he turns to.