Manchester United are hoping that defender Phil Jones has not suffered a serious injury after limping off the pitch during the Reds’ 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The full extent of Jones’s quad injury will be revealed on Monday, and there were initial fears that Englishman could be ruled out for a significant spell after stretching into a challenge.
With a tough run of fixtures coming up, that would be the worst news possible for Man United manager Jose Mourinho.
The Reds face Tottenham Hotspur the end of this week, before travelling to Premier League champions Chelsea the weekend after.
However, Jones left the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday unaided, without crutches, which has fuelled hopes that the blow will simply be short term.
The 25-year-old will miss United’s EFL Cup clash against Swansea City on Tuesday evening, but Mourinho will be hoping he’s back available for selection for Saturday’s big game against Tottenham.
Jones’ injuries are being monitored carefully by United, after three or four seasons struggling to stay fit for an extended period. He dropped out of the latest England squad with a knock, returned for United immediately after the international break, playing the full game against Liverpool at Anfield.
After that, he missed United’s trip to Benfica with injury, but played straightaway after in Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield.