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Bad news for Manchester United and Phil Jones

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s Phil Jones will be out of action for another few weeks according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for United since February 2 where a clash of heads with Jonathan Walters against Stoke forced him off at half time with concussion.

Jones has had a string of injuries this season having also missed most of January through injury as well and this latest set back is bad news for United because when fit this season, Jones has been one of the few players who has actually played for the shirt.

In his and Jonny Evans’ absence, United have had a mixed bag of performances. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were fantastic against Arsenal, put in a decent performance against Crystal Palace but Ferdinand was woeful against Olympiacos. He didn’t cope with having to play two games in three days and wouldn’t have had to if either Jones or Evans was fit – United suffered because of it.

With Vidic leaving and Ferdinand likely to follow, next year could see the emergence of Jones as a regular centre back at United where he has always reiterated is his preferred position and hopefully he can return in time for the Liverpool and Manchester City games at home.

Update: It seems that Roy Hodgson’s information may be misinformed as according to The Guardian, Phil Jones has returned to full training. This one is a bit of a mystery.

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