Date: 19th February 2013 at 4:02am
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Will the utility man be fit for Real Madrid?

Will the utility man be fit for Real Madrid?

One negative in what was a fairly routine win for United over Reading in the FA Cup fifth round at Old Trafford on Monday evening was the sight of Phil Jones hobbling off the pitch with an ankle injury.

The former Blackburn man, was one of the stars of the show in the Bernabeu last week, doing a superb job of marshalling Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jones was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches after the Reading game and Sir Alex has noted the club will need to asses the seriousness of the injury later on today.

The United boss admitted he doesn’t expect Jones to be fit for the weekend:

“We will have to assess it [Jones’s injury] in the morning,”

“It’s an ankle injury so I would imagine he would not be ready for Saturday [away to QPR] – we will see what he is like after that.”

Jones has had his fair share of injury problems since he arrived at United, but now more than ever seems to be a time the Reds could really do with the youngster being fit.

Watch this space….


One response to “Sir Alex Rules Out Phil Jones Following Ankle Injury”

  1. Andrew says:

    I’m not saying Jones will be fit, but there has been a massive overreaction to his injury. I mean he has a bit of time to recover for the game still, its not next week. We play Real Madrid on the 5th March. We still have two vital Premier League games against QPR and Norwich beforehand. Some may laugh at my assumption of these games being vital, but they are.

    We have a good lead at the top, but its about maintaining that lead as long as possible. The next two games are huge and we must take 6 points from. We would then have 10 games left to finish the job. This weekend is massive and we must put our strongest team out against QPR away. I think Van Persie, Carrick, Ferdinand, Rafeal and Evra will all return after getting a good rest against Reading. Its an opportunity to open up a 15 point lead before Man City play Chelsea on Sunday.

    As for Jones, I hope he is fit, but he did a fantastic job away from home when we needed it. The game is now poised for a one off shoot-out and we need to win the game at Old Trafford. It wouldn’t have shocked me if Tom Cleverley had started anyway alongside Carrick and Kagawa in the middle of the park. If Jones can’t make it then Cleverley is capable of doing a great job for us.