Jones is yet to appear for Man United this season after suffering a blood clot in his calf just days after the squad returned to Manchester from their pre-season tour of America.
Many expected Jones to have a big role to play this season, since United failed to sign a central defender during the summer transfer window. However, the young Englishman has always been injury-prone and this campaign has been no different.
The 23-year-old is finally back training with the first-team but his absence for more than a month means he is not quite match fit yet.
“I said last week that he was ready to train. And Friday was his first training session with the group. It’s nearly done, but he’s not match fit yet. It’s very early,” van Gaal said.
It will be a boost for United when Jones does return. Following the injury to Luke Shaw, the likes of Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are expected to deputise in the left-back position. It means that Jones will almost certainly be needed as cover in the centre-back spot, especially given the number of games United will have throughout the campaign.
Ipswich Town’s visit to Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday will probably come too soon for Jones but the United faithful will be hoping the defender can get back to full fitness as soon as possible and stake a claim for his place in the side.