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Manchester United injury news and return dates ahead of Wolves game

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Amid the frenzy which has been drummed up by Cristiano Ronaldo and his sensational Manchester United return, there are on-field matters at hand for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Having kicked-off their latest charge for Premier League glory with a five-star victory against Leeds United, a draw with Southampton didn’t quite make for such encouraging reading.

Putting the whirlwind Ronaldo transfer saga to one side, for now at least, United continue their season with a trip to Wolves on Sunday afternoon (4.30pm). But which existing squad members will Solskjaer be without for that clash?

Here, we take a closer look at the current injury situation at Old Trafford – including possible return dates for those players who are out of action – as Dean Henderson remains on the sidelines until September with lasting effects on the back of testing positive for Covid-19.

Phil Jones Injury: Knee

Return date: TBC

It’s close to 18 months since the former Blackburn Rovers defender last appeared for United. Jones, who Solskjaer defended against Rio Ferdinand’s disparaging comments this week, continues his recovery from a serious knee injury and will step up his comeback with a series of outings for the club’s U23s.

Scott McTominay Injury: Groin

Return date: TBC

What Solskjaer has said: “Scott had surgery and he couldn’t carry on. We tried to manage it and get him through without surgery but we couldn’t and, in the end, it was too sore for him. By the end of the Southampton game last week, when he came in, that was the decision.”

Marcus Rashford Injury: Shoulder

Return date: Back in training

What Solskjaer has said: “He seemed very happy with the surgery. He’s working in the gym. We see him every day and he will be chomping at the bit when it gets nearer to the time when he can come back.”

Alex Telles Injury: Ankle

Return date: September

Given that Luke Shaw was granted additional time off on the back of his Euro 2020 exploits, the Brazilian was handed an opportunity to stake his own claim for the left-back position. However, Telles suffered an ankle injury in pre-season and Solskjaer admitted it “worse than we hoped for”. He now appears to be on the mend, though.

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