Phil Jones fit to return for Manchester United against Bournemouth

by Sam Peoples

Phil Jones has confirmed he is fit to return to action for Manchester United this weekend against Bournemouth.

The 25-year-old defender last played for Man United in the 0-0 draw with Hull City at the start of February where he was taken off just before the hour mark and had to watch from the sidelines as United lifted the League Cup on Sunday.

But after working hard behind the scenes, Jones is now ready and eager to get straight back involved.

Speaking at a promotional launch, Jones said: “Yes [it’s positive news], I’ve been training for the last few days and I’m looking forward to coming back.

“I think I’ve been out for three weeks so, even if I trained two days before the [EFL Cup final] game, which I did, I didn’t expect to be involved. It was difficult really and a bit disappointing but these things happen.

“Still, it was a brilliant day for the fans, the players, the staff and the manager. It wasn’t probably our best performance but when you look back in 10 years, it’s not how well we played but whether we won or not and, ultimately, we won.”

With Eric Bailly back into his stride following his African Cup of Nations absence, Jose Mourinho‘s job is to find the perfect partner. Chris Smalling started the League Cup final but both Marcos Rojo and Jones have had much better periods of form than the stand-in United captain, so arguably have earned a higher place in the pecking order.

Does that mean Jones will come straight back into the side? Judging by what Mourinho has done this season with injured players having learned from what he did against Manchester City at home with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard, I’d be surprised to see Jones start on Saturday but it’s good he’s now available again.

United have got a long trip to Russia coming up next week and Mourinho will be keen to rotate his squad ahead of the Chelsea FA Cup quarter-final, so we may well see Jones back in action then.

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