Manchester United defender Phil Jones has mild thrombosis and will be out of action for a minimum of three weeks, the club have confirmed.
However, following the 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, it has been revealed that Jones will in fact be spending some time on the sidelines.
Jones’ thrombosis, which leads to clotting of the blood, means United will have to cope without the Englishman for over three weeks:
Phil Jones, who was not involved in today's matchday squad, has mild thrombosis and will be out for a minimum of three weeks. #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2015
It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Jones, who has often been prone to injury during his time at Old Trafford.
It is one of the reasons why the large majority of supporters have called for a new centre-back to be signed, but van Gaal seems content to head into the campaign with Daley Blind playing as a makeshift defender.
United have been linked with Sergio Ramos but van Gaal is said to be happy with his options even if the club don’t get the Spaniard. Perhaps Jones’ injury will prompt him into action.