Phil Jones has claimed that he doesn’t have an injury problem, despite continued struggles…
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has slammed reports that he is injury-prone, despite making just his fifth appearance of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Reports in the Daily Mirror carry quotes from the England international, who returned after two months out with shin splints. He also tore a hamstring in September on England duty but claimed he was fully fit before that problem.
He said: “I started the pre-season and played every single game and every single training session. Then, on international duty, I pulled my hamstring. I have never had a muscle injury in my life, so it was disappointing.
“When I was coming back, I then had shin splints. I didn’t go into training that morning and say, ‘I want to get injured’. It is just the way it has been and it has been unfortunate.
“I could stand here and list 10 players who are always out injured, and that is just the nature of football. People don’t wake up one morning and say ‘I fancy being injured today’. It’s just the way it is. My aim right now is to stay fit and stay focused, and get a run of games under my belt.”
The 22-year-old has been blighted by injuries for much of his three-and-a-half years at Old Trafford and says he has taken up yoga and pilates to help him stay fit: “I’ve been doing a lot of work in the gym and hopefully that will stand me in good stead for the rest of the season,” he said.
“It’s strength work – yoga and pilates and loads of stuff like that. I will do anything I can to improve myself. Hopefully I can stay fit, look after myself in games and make sure I stay fit.”
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