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Elanga, Telles, Cavani – Manchester United injury news and return dates



Manchester United will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season when they travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

United, who recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2 on their last visit to St Mary’s, are brimming with confidence after their 5-1 opening day win against Leeds United at Old Trafford last weekend.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now be hoping that his side can follow up that victory with another against the Saints, who were beaten 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park last weekend. But with several players in and around the first-team squad having fitness troubles Solskjaer will have some decisions to make.

With that in mind, MEN Sport has taken a close look at all the very latest injury news concerning United and when those currently sidelined could return.

Anthony Elanga

Young Swedish forward Elanga won’t be available to take on Southampton, but he’s back training on the grass.

The 19-year-old picked up an injury during pre-season after impressing against Queens Park Rangers and Brentford and was forced to sit out of the games against Everton and then Leeds.

Solskjaer has since revealed he is back in training and recovering, but this game will still come too soon for him.

Return date: Mid/late September

Alex Telles

Luke Shaw’s late return to the squad following Euro 2020 meant that Alex Telles had an opportunity to stake a claim for the left-back spot. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he picked up an ankle injury during pre-season and now Shaw is back and firing on all cylinders.


He is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of August, with Solskjaer admitting the news was “worse than we hoped for.” Telles was pictured on crutches earlier this month but the manager has revealed that he has taken to rehab very well and is working hard to return as soon as possible.

Return date: September.

Dean Henderson

Goalkeeper Henderson will play no part in the trip to Southampton as he continues to recover from coronavirus.

The former Sheffield United loanee tested positive for COVID-19 last month and it has taken him several weeks to make a recovery. Although the trip to St Mary’s will come too soon for him, he has made a return to light training, meaning he is heading in the right direction.

He is not expected to play at any point this month, meaning he is poised to return after the international break next month.

Return date: Mid-September.


Since making his last appearance for the club back in January 2020, Jones has had 18 months of injury hell. But after so long on the sidelines, the 29-year-old defender has now returned to training.

Jones is expected to require plenty of Under-23s football before making a return to the first-team fold on a regular basis and therefore it’s unlikely we see him available for the first-team before the international break.

Return date: Once he has gained fitness from U23s football.


Eric Bailly

Ivory Coast international Bailly returned to United’s Carrington training base for training on Monday after spending time at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Bailly, alongside Amad, both featured for their country as they reached the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Bailly has not returned with any injury issues in tow and is likely to return to the first-team fold sooner rather than later.

Return date: Late August.

Jesse Lingard

After being forced to miss the opening game against Leeds after returning a positive Covid-19 test a week earlier, Lingard is available for selection this weekend if needed.

Solskjaer has confirmed that the West Ham United target is fit and available, saying: “Jesse is back to his fitness, he played really well in the behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday and he’s come back bubbly and in good shape. He’s got a big part to play.”

Return date: In contention for Southampton clash.

Edinson Cavani

Striker Cavani has started to train with United again after a six-week absence from the club, boss Solskjaer has confirmed.

The former Napoli man returned to England earlier this month but did not return to training until this week.

Cavani is unlikely to feature this weekend but could return against Wolverhampton Wanderers next Sunday at Molineux barring any troubles in training between now and then.

Return date: Late August.


Marcus Rashford

United’s longest-term injury issue, Rashford will not be making an appearance for United for quite a while.

The attacker underwent shoulder surgery after his participation at Euro 2020 and is likely to miss the first couple of months of the campaign. Earlier this month United confirmed that the surgery had been a success and that they hoped to see him back as soon as possible, with October touted as the most likely date.

Return date: Late September/early October.

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    August 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Hopefully we win!

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