After making a return to the Manchester United setup in the second half of this season,Phil Jones has found himself victim to yet another setback with regards to his fitness.
After missing the weekend’s fixture against Fulham at Craven Cottage, The Guardian have reported that Jones is suffering from Shingles, a condition that is very similar to Chicken Pox and usually lasts anywhere between two to three weeks depending on the severity of the case.
This news will not overly concern Manchester United supporters with Jones playing most of his football coming off the bench thus far this season. However, with Manchester United entertaining Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday before a tough trip to the Spanish behemoth Real Madrid in midweek, the absence of Jones may reduce United’s strength in depth over the course of these crucial fixtures.
The worry for Manchester United at this early stage however is the way these conditions can become aggravated, especially after Darren Fletcher’s two year struggle with ulcerative colitis. The club will be eager to ensure that Jones is monitored consistently over the coming fortnight to avoid a repeat of the lengthy absence of Fletcher.
With Chris Smalling having impressed for England against Brazil it is expected that he will be able to fill the gap Phil Jones has left in the squad either as a deputy right back or centre half. Smalling has proved his ability to play on the right hand side of the defence on numerous occasions throughout his Manchester United career and with Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Anderson all fit, Manchester United have enough central midfield cover to aid the side through the next two to three weeks in Jones’ absence.
Regardless of the severity of Phil Jones’ condition, Sir Alex Ferguson will be eager to avoid any further injuries with his side competing on both the domestic and continental front and the Scot’s requests for his players not to be overused by their respective International team coaches this past week has illustrated this perfectly.
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News Type: EPL Injury News
Team: Manchester United
Player: Phil Jones
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