Manchester United are hopeful that Phil Jones will return to full fitness ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool. The centre-back was sent from the England training camp earlier last week as a precaution for a knee injury.
According to ESPN, the 25-year-old has been recuperating from his minor niggle, and he is likely to rejoin his teammates in training later this week. Jones was available to participate in England’s final set of World Cup qualifiers, but Gareth Southgate did not want to take any risks with just one point required for qualification.
Jones has had his fair share of injuries over the years, and he has a troublesome ankle problem last month, which saw him the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow. Jones and Eric Bailly have secured five clean sheets in six Premier League games they have played together this term, and their partnership will no doubt strengthen United’s chances of a victory at Anfield.
Meanwhile, there is also a positive injury update on Romelu Lukaku, who has been passed fit by Roberto Martinez for the final World Cup qualifier against Cyprus. Maroaune Fellaini, however, remains a short-term absentee after he suffered a knee sprain in Belgian’s clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina.