Phil Jones, who hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since January 2020, is going to be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for Wednesday’s clash.
will return toManchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
announced that he will be part of the team that goes againstWest Ham
in the EFL Cup.
Jones has been out of action since January 2020 because of a debilitating knee problem he has been struggling with throughout his career.
The 29-year-old met the back of the net during his last appearance, in the battle against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup, and talked about his recovery process when he was having an interview with the Times last weekend.
He is now prepared to return to United, featuring in Wednesday’s battle at Old Trafford.
"I'm so happy for Phil,"
. "He has completed two 90 minutes 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. I've been part of that myself and had the best part of three years, or at least more than two out of three years, and 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'.
"He's been so diligent and so professional; no frills, no social media and I'm old school. I like players like that. He just focuses on one thing and gets his head around the challenges and he's back.
"He will be in the squad. It’s a good day for him and for us, and it’s something that he has earned."
Manchester United and West Ham will have their fourth EFL Cup meeting.
During the last eight occasions, West Ham were eliminated on six when they were paired with Premier League sides.
United, meanwhile, were thrashed in their last two EFL Cup games at Old Trafford, which was also at the semi-final stage against Manchester City.
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