Manchester United defender Phil Jones has hit out at fans and pundits who describe him as ‘injury-prone’.
Jones is currently undergoing tests to determine whether an injury suffered on international duty with England last Friday will rule him out of Man United’s home game against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was subbed off after just 25 minutes for Liverpool’s Joe Gomez as the Three Lions drew 0-0 with the world champions. Jones also suffered a knock during October’s international break.
However, he has started every single Premier League this season despite his reputation for picking up injuries.
“That wasn’t an injury, I just rolled my ankle a little – but that’s what I mean. It’s a fine line. People think you’re injured. I’m not injured, I’m just carrying a little niggle.
“But people think, ‘Oh he’s injured, he’s got an ankle problem’. It doesn’t mean you’re injured, you’re managing it for the next game. Injuries get misinterpreted. I could give you a list of 40 Premier League players who’ve had far more injuries than me and nobody talks about them.
“Maybe that’s because I play for United and that’s the way it is. But I’ve never seen myself as that. My wife is always saying I’m clumsy but that’s little stuff around the house. I two-foot her in the kitchen!”
It’s difficult for Jones to argue that he isn’t injury prone. The centre-back’s career at Old Trafford has undoubtedly suffered due to injuries, not always long-term issues, but often little niggles that prevent him from getting into a genuine flow during the season.