Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shed a little more light on Axel Tuanzebe’s injury which has kept him out of action since the restart.
Tuanzebe was not named on United’s 30-man Europa League squad list, as expected, and will not feature for the club until next season.
Clarifying Tuanzebe’s situation, Solskjaer explained that the centre-back had to undergo an operation.
Solskjaer told the club’s official website: “Axel started to get niggles when we restarted and he had to have an operation in his foot, so he’ll be back early Septemberish.”
With United facing a delayed start to the Premier League campaign due to Europa League involvement, there is a strong chance Tuanzebe will be ready when games resume.
Where will he be in the first team queue?
One year ago Tuanzebe was second in the pecking order at centre-back, after Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury.
Harry Maguire then signed on August 5 2019, and bumped Tuanzebe back down to third in the queue.
Two injuries to Tuanzebe, one in October and another in December, saw Bailly beat him back to action and re-establish himself as third choice.
Solskjaer has a soft spot for Tuanzebe and rates him highly, but right now the centre-back is swimming against the tide just to stay as fourth choice central defender.
Impressive 18-year-old Teden Mengi could get a chance to stake his claim tonight, while United have a chance to add another centre-back in the transfer market, with Gabriel Maghalaes linked [Daily Record].
Phil Jones is also hanging around, while Chris Smalling returns from Roma now and could end up playing a role next season at United if there are no takers.
So Tuanzebe may be feeling a little anxious right now, and thats understandable. He just has to concentrate on staying fit and trusting in his own talent.
Hopefully this operation will clear out the problems he has been having and prevent them re-occurring. That’s the objective, and soon enough we will find out whether it has worked or not.
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