Manchester United have enjoyed a stupendous start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with the Red Devils placed second on the points table below Manchester City, only on goal difference.
Big money summer signing, Romelu Lukaku has had a wonderful start to life at Old Trafford with already 11 goals for his new side.
The defence has been top-notch, conceding only 2 goals against Stoke City in the Premier League. The credit must be given to the centre back pair of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones. Especially Jones, who has shown the quality that impressed Sir Alex Ferguson during his early days.
The English International has been unlucky over the past seasons. After a good run of form, he would suffer an injury that would break his momentum. And it looks like that time has returned once again.
According to Sky Sports (via M.E.N), Phil Jones missed the English training earlier this week ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. The report claims that the medical team are assessing the player’s condition ahead of the game.
The English International was an injury doubt ahead of the Red Devils’ Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow. Jose Mourinho decided to leave the player in Manchester so that he could recover.
However, Phil Jones made his return to the starting XI alongside Chris Smalling against Crystal Palace in the weekend.
Jose Mourinho wouldn’t want another injury to one of his in-form players ahead of the busy schedule. This week, the Portuguese gaffer confirmed that Paul Pogba’s injury is classified as ‘long on’. The French midfielder hurt his hamstring during the Champions League fixture against Basel.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are yet to join the first-team squad as they recover from injuries suffered last season.
Manchester United will be hoping that Phil Jones can recover for the Red Devils trip to Anfield on 14th October.
In case he doesn’t make it, Victor Lindelof or Chris Smalling will get their opportunity to impress Jose Mourinho in one of the biggest rivalries in English football.