England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed Phil Jones was carrying a knock going into Friday night’s friendly against Germany.
Jones was forced off with an injury less than half an hour into England 0-0 draw with the world champions.
The defender returned from October’s international break with a slight knock a month ago.
After the game at Wembley, Southgate said, “I thought there were a few shaky moments in the first half. Mainly due to Phil carrying something.
“He seems fine, we’ve checked him out. It’s something he’s been carrying but he doesn’t seem to be any worse so that’s fine. We’ll see whether Phil stays with us.”
The mentality of ‘it doesn’t seem any worse than it was before’ seems rather irresponsible. Jones may recover in time for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil, or in time for Man United’s home match against Newcastle United. However, playing him with a knock in a friendly seems a risk not worth taking.
That’s especially true for a player like Jones who has spent much of United career on the injury table. He needs to be carefully looked after following a very good start to the season which saw him dubbed by Southgate as England’s best defender.
Jones, before he was taken off, put in a fantastic block at one point to deny Manchester City’s Leroy Sané from giving Germany an early lead. Jordan Pickford, who showed his worth throughout the night, had left his goal open, but Jones headed clear brilliantly to keep the score level.