Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Phil Jones will make his first appearance for the club in 20 months when they host West Ham in the Carabao Cup (Match betting – Manchester United 1/2, draw 16/5, West Ham 11/2).
Jones hasn’t appeared for the first team since January 2020 when he netted in a 6-0 FA Cup victory over Tranmere.
The centre-back has been sidelined with a major knee injury and after building up his fitness with the under-23s, Solskjaer has confirmed the 29-year-old is ready to face the Hammers.
“I’m so happy for Phil,” United manager Solskjaer told MUTV.
“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.”
United earned a dramatic 2-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday but the visitors can welcome back top scorer Michail Antonio on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Edouard Mendy once again when they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the EFL Cup (Match betting – Chelsea 2/5, draw 7/2, Aston Villa 13/2).
The Senegal international is a doubt for Saturday’s key Premier League clash with Manchester City after Thomas Tuchel conceded it’s a “race against pain”.
Villa, who sit 10th in the top-flight, lost 3-0 to Chelsea when the two clubs squared off in the Premier League earlier this month.
Arsenal will hope to continue their upturn in form, having won their last two outings without conceding a goal, when they host League One outfit AFC Wimbledon (Match betting – Arsenal 1/12, draw 17/2, AFC Wimbledon 28/1).
Brighton welcome Swansea to the Amex Stadium at 19:30 (Match betting – Brighton 4/11, draw 7/2, Swansea 8/1) as Seagulls boss Graham Potter looks to get the better of his former employers, while there is another reunion on the cards at Molineux when Nuno Espirito Santo takes Tottenham to face Wolves (Match betting – Wolves 8/5, draw 21/10, Tottenham 15/8).
Finally, Ricardo Pereira has laid down the challenge to his Leicester teammates ahead of their trip to Millwall (Match betting – Millwall 4/1, draw 11/4, Leicester 4/6).
Ricardo said: “If you go in with the wrong mentality it can be difficult, because we have more to lose than them,” Pereira said.
“We have to go in with a good mentality and do our best.”