Man Utd Handed Injury Boost Ahead Of Liverpool Trip But Trio Set To Miss Out
Manchester United are confident Phil Jones will be passed fit to take on Liverpool on Saturday but three others will miss the trip to Anfield
Manchester United are confident Phil Jones will be passed fit to take on Liverpool on Saturday but three others will miss the trip to Anfield, according to ESPN.
Jones missed United’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow last month due to an ankle injury but returned to play the full 90 minutes during the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace before the international break.
The 25-year-old was called up to the England squad ahead of their World Cup qualifying double-header but the United defender was forced to withdraw due to a knee problem.
It meant Jones was initially a major doubt for United’s huge clash with Liverpool and the defender is due to be further assessed by the United medical team this week.
However, ESPN claim sources close to the club have informed them that United are confident Jones will be fit and available for selection for the trip to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
It’s understood Jones was withdrawn from the England squad as a precaution and not because he had suffered a serious injury, as Gareth Southgate’s side needed just one point from their two games against Slovenia and Lithuania to secure qualification to the World Cup finals.
The news will come as a big boost to Jose Mourinho as Jones has been in excellent form this season so I expect he’ll continue his partnership alongside Eric Bailly if he is passed fit to face Liverpool.
However, United have problems in the middle of the park as Mourinho is set to be without Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba against Liverpool this weekend.
Fellaini suffered a knee ligament injury during Belgium’s 4-3 win over Bosnia on Saturday and has returned to Carrington to undergo further assessment while Pogba is still some weeks away from returning from a hamstring strain.
With Carrick also sidelined through injury it means Mourinho has little option but to pair Ander Herrera alongside Nemanja Matic at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
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