Man United defender Phil Jones has endured an injury nightmare this year, and he has now reportedly suffered another setback in his bid to return.
The England international sustained a knee ligament injury in training a fortnight ago, with initial suggestions that he would be sidelined for a further month having been out of action since February.
However, according to The Sun, he is now facing a longer period of rehabilitation after having a brace fitted to ‘stabilise the joint’.
The 24-year-old had previously been ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in January, and so to now pick up this latest setback after initially having a problem with his knee, it will undoubtedly be a major blow to his confidence.
While he still has plenty of time to regain full fitness and fight for a place in the starting line-up, time will tell as to whether or not Jose Mourinho has space for him in his squad in his future plans as the Portuguese tactician will have his own ideas and personnel and may well move on.
That won’t be a concern for Jones at this point though, as his primary focus will be on recovering as soon as possible and only then can he start thinking about proving his worth to the United manager.
Jones joined United in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers, but in the five years that have since passed, he has been restricted to making 104 league appearances for the club as injuries have certainly taken their toll from last season onwards.