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Man Utd Handed Boost As Player Confirms Injury Return
Manchester United have been handed an injury boost with Phil Jones confirming to ManUtd.com that he’s back in contention to face Bournemouth this weekend.
Jones has been on the sidelines for the last three weeks after suffering a foot injury during United’s 0-0 draw with Hull City at Old Trafford last month.
The centre-back returned to training shortly before the EFL Cup final last weekend but wasn’t deemed fit enough to be involved so had to watch from the sidelines as United beat Southampton 3-2 at Wembley.
However, after continuing to build on his fitness at Carrington this week, Jones has now confirmed that he’s fit and available for selection for the visit of Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Jones told the clubs website:
“Yes [it’s positive news], I’ve been training for the last few days and I’m looking forward to coming back.
“I think I’ve been out for three weeks so, even if I trained two days before the [EFL Cup final] game, which I did, I didn’t expect to be involved. It was difficult really and a bit disappointing but these things happen.
“Still, it was a brilliant day for the fans, the players, the staff and the manager. It wasn’t probably our best performance but when you look back in 10 years, it’s not how well we played but whether we won or not and, ultimately, we won.”
The 25-year-old’s return will come as a boost to United as Jones has been in excellent form in recent months having put his injury problems behind him.
The England international had established himself as an important player in Jose Mourinho’s side having started in 12 of United’s previous 13 Premier League games before picking up his foot problem against Hull.
However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll get an immediate recall as Jones will face stiff competition from Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo for a starting spot against the Cherries this weekend.