Ahead of the league game away at QPR on Saturday, Sir Alex has given us the bad news that Phil Jones is likely to be out for around two weeks. The boss has given the England defender, who turned 21 today, an outside chance of being fit and ready to go to take on Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid side on March 5th.
When quizzed upon Phil Jones’ fitness, Sir Alex replied: “Phil tackled awkwardly the other night and tangled his foot there, that’s why he has the injury he has.” He said. “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.” He continued. “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. Other than that, everybody’s fit for QPR.