Alex Telles has explained how he was left scarred for life before joining Manchester United.
The 28-year-old has had a fine start to his career at Old Trafford following a £15m move from Porto back in October, winning all six of the Premier League matches he has appeared in.
The Brazil international may have been in fine form before moving to England, but he was left scarred for life after a clash of heads while playing for Gremio against Internacional.
Following a similar injury suffered by Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, Telles has opened up on his return to professional action following the sickening blow, and explained why it part of his identity.
Speaking to Inside United, Telles said: “It was from football, when I was playing for Gremio. It was the Gre-Nal derby, Fred was playing for Inter at the time, we were rivals.
“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. It was a very similar injury to the one Wolverhampton's Jimenez suffered. 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 was out for about two-and-a-half to three months.
"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.”
He then sent a message of solidarity to Jimenez by saying: “What I can say to Raul is that unfortunately this type of scenario exists in football. It's not normal but it happens.
“I've been through it as well and I'd like to wish him a lot of strength. He will definitely recover and, thank God, it wasn't so serious and he will be able to get back playing as soon as possible, doing what he loves the most.
“Us players have to have this solidarity and I wish him well and that he gets better soon.”
In a positive update regarding the Mexico international, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said last week: "Without a time schedule, he’s improving, he’s doing exercises now.
"It’s not a question of hoping, we are sure he’s coming back.
“At the right moment he will join us and that is good.”
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