Manchester United’s Injury Crisis Begins To Ease As Defender Returns To Training

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The versatile defender is reportedly back in full training…

Louis Van Gaal has been handed some respite from his club’s incredible run of injuries as Phil Jones today returned to training.

The England defender has been out with shin splints for seven weeks, and has not played since Man United’s 2-2 draw with West Brom in October.

But the centre-back, who has only appeared for his club four times this season, is now back and in line to play next weekend against Aston Villa. According to the Mirror, this weekend’s fixture against Liverpool will come too soon for the former Blackburn player.

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Man United boss Louis Van Gaal is without Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw Daley Blind and Rafael in defence alone, and Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young may be needed in defence again this weekend.

22-year-old Jones is still yet to truly make a position at United his own. He’s played at centre-back, right-back and in midfield, but injuries have constantly disrupted his progress.

England international Jones was famously described by Sir Alex Ferguson as having the potential to be Manchester United’s “best ever player”, a prediction which is looking less more outlandish all the time.

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