Manchester United defender Phil Jones has not suffered a serious knee injury during the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The England international was substituted midway through the first-half after he stretched awkwardly while performing a tackle.
His departure coincided with the club’s collapse as individual mistakes from Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof allowed Huddersfield take a 2-0 lead in the first-half. Marcus Rashford did manage to find the net in the 78th minute for the Red Devils, but it ended up being a mere consolation in what turned out to be a miserable day.
According to The Manchester Evening News, the 25-year-old has not suffered a serious injury as first feared as he was able to walk off unaided following the game. Nevertheless, United are expected to know the extent of Jones’ injury on Monday, although the signs are it could only be a short-term setback.
Jose Mourinho has managed to restrict Jones to just one game per week this term, and he has previously admitted that the centre-back is being closely monitored by the medical team in order to maintain his fitness through the campaign.
Eric Bailly is likely to return to full fitness for Sunday’s Premier League outing versus Tottenham Hotspur, and this probably suggests that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling could start the midweek League Cup tie against Swansea City.