Manchester United’s injury situation at this point in time is nothing short of a mess. Jose Mourinho’s men are without key players like Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia for the long-term, and that has led to a return to the fold for a somewhat of a forgotten man.
The Manchester Evening News say that Phil Jones is in contention to play against Fenerbahce tomorrow evening, despite the Englishman having several injury issues of his own.
He hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football for the Red Devils this season, but tomorrow night, that could change.
“I almost don’t remember when Phil Jones had a good run of matches for United. He’s having a difficult relationship with the injuries.” Jose Mourinho said.
“He’s having a difficult relationship with injuries and it’s been difficult this season for him, but he worked hard to recover and he’s training with the team for more than a week now.”
“We are in a difficult situation because we lost three defenders in a week – Valencia, Bailly and Smalling.
“We have to select him and maybe we have to play him.”
It’s clear in his words that Jose does quite fancy Phil Jones as a centre-back, but injuries really haven’t helped the situation of the 24-year-old. It is good news that he is back in training and working hard, though, because it does give United another option in defence where they are very thin at present.
The obvious concern is to not rush him back into things too quickly. He needs time to build up to playing competitive football again, and although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him feature from off of the bench tomorrow, I don’t see how it is physically possible for him to start the game.