Alex Telles cleared to face West Brom after testing negative for Covid-19

Alex Telles looks set to be available for Manchester United’s upcoming clash with West Brom after testing negative for Covid-19.

The 27-year-old has played just one match for United since arriving from Porto on transfer deadline day and has been absent for the side’s last five games after testing positive for coronavirus towards the end of October.

However, Telles was included in Brazil’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers following a subsequent negative test and the left-back made a substitute appearance in his country’s 1-0 win over Venezuela last Friday.

Another positive test followed at the weekend but the full-back has been training as normal with the rest of his Brazil team-mates as he was no longer considered to be in the ‘transmissive stage’ of the virus.

According to UOL, Telles’ latest test – which he took on Saturday night – came back negative and the defender has been given the all clear to feature in Brazil’s clash with Uruguay.

Uruguay were refusing to grant Telles entry into the country without proof of a negative test ahead of Tuesday’s match in Montevideo.

Brazil called up Atletico Mineiro’s Guilherme Arana as cover for Telles and Renan Lodi is also available to Tite on the left side of the defence.

United confirmed that they were keeping close tabs on the situation this afternoon, with Luke Shaw already ruled out of this weekend’s clash with West Brom after suffering a thigh injury.

‘The club is checking on the situation regarding Alex Telles and will assess the defender upon his return to Manchester from international duty later this week,’ an official statement on United’s website said.

‘United’s medical staff at the Aon Training Complex are monitoring the situation in Brazil and will make an assessment when Telles returns to England later this week. 

‘It is still hoped our recent signing from FC Porto will be available to play in Saturday’s Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.’

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