Manchester United are in London this weekend to take on relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.
The big news is that defender Phil Jones is certain to miss this weekend’s action and is facing a race against time to be fit in time to face Real Madrid next month.
Jones limped out of Monday nights 2-1 win over Reading with an ankle injury and Ferguson has confirmed the 21-year-old is now a major doubt for the second leg with the Spanish giants at Old Trafford. The United boss feels Jones’ bravery in the tackle has led to his injury but it’s not something he wants to remove from the youngster game, telling the clubs official website:
“Phil Jones is the one we’re concerned about in terms of the Real Madrid game, we’re working hard on it and I’d say he has an outside chance – no more than that.
“Phil tackled awkwardly the other night and tangled his foot there, that’s why he has the injury he has. He has the courage and willingness to tackle. Bryan Robson was the same. Bryan couldn’t see danger and neither can Phil. It’s a measure of his courage and I don’t want to take that away from him.
“Phil did an incredible job in Madrid. He doesn’t care who he’s playing against, he has no fear of playing against anyone. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s fit for the second leg. It’s two weeks away. A lot can happen.
“When you look at his tackles, he tackles like a young man. Maybe he’s too brave. He was unbalanced in the tackle and ended up injured. He’s an outside chance, that’s all.
“We have a problem picking teams at the moment but that’s where we want to me. QPR are fighting for survival and we know it’s going to be a hard game. That’s what we need – we need to make sure we do our job right.”
Striker Wayne Rooney is also set to miss the QPR clash after missing the majority of training this week with a sinus problem but he’s not considered a doubt to face Madrid. Other than that, United have no other injury concerns.
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