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Manchester United’s Alex Telles picks up an ankle injury ahead of upcoming season

Alex Telles has faced an ankle injury ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season friendly clash with QPR on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the 28-year-old defender will be “out for a few weeks” after suffering a knock in training. The Brazilian left back played in United’s 2-1 pre-season victory over Derby County last weekend but will miss next week’s friendlies against Brentford and Preston North End.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in an interview with MUTV: “Unfortunately, Alex slipped and he twisted his ankle so he’ll be out for a few weeks. We’re hoping that it’s not going to be too bad but he’ll be out for a little while.”

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The Red Devils will face take on Brentford, Preston and Everton after OPR defeated them 4-2 on Saturday. Manchester United will host their first Premier League match against Leeds United on August 14. Alex Tellas is a doubt for the first match of the season. However, Luke Shaw is the man who is expected to start in the left back position for Man United after having a wonderful season in the Euros as well as in the Premier League.

The England international had his best season in a United shirt after years of inconsistency. The 26-year-old was featured in the Premier League team of the season.

Brandan Williams and Diogo Dalot are the other two options left for the United boss. Brandon Williams might be loaned out this season.

Based on Ole’s update, it looks like Alex Telles will miss next week’s friendlies against Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday and Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday. 

Telles joined Manchester United on October 2020 for a fee reported about £15.4m. Telles signed a contract with United on Deadline Day in October last year until June 2024, with the option for an additional 12 months. Alex Telles was signed from Porto to provide competition for Luke Shaw.

Alex Telles has impressed the Manchester United fans on his debut season

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In total, Alex Telles appeared in 24 matches for United during the 2020-21 campaign, spending most of his time warming the bench. Roma are now in the market for a left-sided defender after Leonardo Spinazzola picked up an injury while representing Italy at the European Championships. Mourinho says that Spinazzola will be out for a few months after rupturing his Achilles.

Reports in Italy suggest that Alex Telles could be loaned out to Roma, where he would play under former United manager Jose Mourinho. Roma have asked to take Telles on loan but reports suggest United only want a permanent transfer despite a very short stay at the club.

Telles does have previous experience of Serie A, having spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Inter Milan from Galatasaray, before to moving to Porto.

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