Yet another Phil Jones injury problem has ruled him out of the restart. Now, we’ve been offered more details on the defender’s problem…
The centre-back’s awful injury record is well-documented. Though you’d expect even he could get himself fit after three months off. Apparently not, and a return doesn’t look close, at all.
United have been handed a further injury blow in regards to the 28-year-old, as he has recently undergone ‘minor surgery’ to clear out a ‘persistent issue’. That’s according to Laurie Whitwell in The Athletic.
The good news is that the operation was a success, though no timeframe was placed upon his return. At this stage, I’d be surprised if he featured again this term.
What’s worrying is that leaves United with just three fit centre-halves for the season’s remainder; Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly. If one of those guys were to pick up a problem, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have a serious situation on his hands. Sure, you can call upon Teden Mengi and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, but both are an unknown quantity at this point.
The Athletic also adds that there has actually been transfer interest in Jones. It comes from the Serie A, though only a handful of clubs can afford his wages…
At this stage, a permanent move away for Jones feels like the best option. Perhaps those Italian clubs have seen how well Chris Smalling has done for AS Roma and they’re looking to try something similar with Jones…?
Solskjaer just needs him off the books so he can spend his wages elsewhere. Though I’m not holding my breath as he’s still under contract with until 2023.
Just how concerning is the ever-growing Phil Jones injury list? Should he be should this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.