Man United's Alex Telles on how clash of heads left him with a scar 5 months ago

Man United's Alex Telles on how clash of heads left him with a scar

'The scar is now part of my identity, a reminder of my story for the rest of my life.'

Manchester United full-back Alex Telles has revealed how a sickening collision with an opponent which required surgery left him with a scar on his head.

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Prior to joining United from Porto in 2020, Telles began his professional career in his native Brazil, progressing through the youth ranks at Juventude before joining Gremio while still a teenager.

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How did Telles get his scar?

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In 2013, when Telles was still just 19, he played for Gremio against Internacional in a Porto Alegre derby game. While contesting a high ball with Internacional’s Gabriel, a clash of heads between the pair left Telles with a broken nose and cheekbone.

Telles later underwent surgery to have metal plates inserted into his face as a result of the injuries.

Asked about the story behind his scar during an interview with Inside United, Telles said: "It was from football, when I was playing for Gremio.

"It was the Gre-Nal derby, [Manchester United teammate] Fred was playing for Inter at the time, we were rivals.

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“It was a high ball and I clashed heads with an Internacional player.

"I ended up with a depressed facial fracture here at the front [points]."

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Telles suffered similar injury to Raul Jimenez

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Telles was asked about the injury shortly after Wolves' Raul Jimienez had suffered a fractured skull in a head collision with David Luiz in a Premier League game with Arsenal in November 2020.

"It was a very similar injury to the one Wolverhampton's Jimenez suffered this week," he explained at the time. "It was a very similar situation.

"I ended up fracturing this part at the front and my nose. It was a very difficult and complicated moment for me, but I also learnt a lot whilst I was out.

"I had to have an operation on my head to reconstruct the skull bone. The scar is now part of my identity, a reminder of my story for the rest of my life."

Telles made a full recovery from his injury in three months. He later earned a move to Europe with Turkish giants Galatasaray. After a season spent on loan at Inter Milan in 2015/16, he spent four years in Portugal with Porto.

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