Manchester United v West Ham: Defender Phil Jones back after 20-month absence

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Since January 2020, Phil Jones has not played for Manchester United.

After a 20-month absence, Phil Jones will be back in the Manchester United squad for Wednesday's Carabao Cup Third-round tie against West Ham.

Since January 2020's FA Cup fourth round tie at Tranmere, where he was one the scorers in an impressive 6-0 win, the centre-back has not been in the first team.

Jones, now 29, has been fighting to overcome a serious knee injury.

He had surgery 13-months ago, but his recovery was complicated by travel restrictions during lockdown.

"I'm so happy for Phil," Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV.

He has played behind closed doors for a few minutes and has had no reaction to his knee. He has been working very hard."

Jones was a part of an under-23s match against Arsenal on September 11, and another against Brighton seven days later.

Solskjaer confirmed that Jesse Lingard would start against West Ham in the match. Lingard had been on the bench for Sunday's win against the Hammers.

After serving a one match suspension on Sunday, West Ham's top scorer Michail Anthony is available to play in the tie.