Phil Jones Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Status and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01:  Phil Jones of Manchester United receives treatment before leaving the field on a stretcher during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Britannia Stadium on February 1, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Updates from Friday, Feb. 28

Phil Jones is back in training for Manchester United, meaning he could be fit for the Red Devils' next game.

The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reports:

Phil Jones has returned to full training to hand David Moyes a much-needed boost following the defensive vulnerabilities exposed in Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.

Jones, who had been out since suffering concussion at Stoke City on 1 February and has had a hip injury, will be available for United's next match, the trip to West Bromwich Albion a week on Saturday. His recovery, though, did not come in time to be considered for Roy Hodgson's England squad for next week's friendly with Denmark.


Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 26

Phil Jones is not expected to return for another couple of weeks, according to Mark Ogden and Matt Law of the Telegraph.

England play Denmark on Mar. 5, and Jones is not on course to make it:

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is expected to be ruled out of England’s friendly against Denmark next week after failing to overcome a persistent hip injury.

Jones, sidelined since the 2-1 defeat at Stoke City on Feb 1, was omitted from David Moyes’s travelling squad for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos in Greece after failing to resume training since suffering the problem.

While scans have highlighted no long-term cause for concern, the Wembley encounter with Denmark is understood to be soon for Jones to return.


Updates from Monday, Feb. 24

Phil Jones looks unlikely to feature in Manchester United's Champions League clash against Olympiacos after he failed to train on Monday.

The Daily Mirror's David McDonnell provided the following report:


Updates from Friday, Feb. 7

According to the Manchester United Twitter feed, Jones could return this weekend:


Original Text

Manchester United defender Phil Jones had to get taken off the pitch on a stretcher after a scary clash of heads with Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters.

James Ducker of The Times provided details about the incident, which saw Jones hit his head once on Walters and then potentially again as he fell to the ground:

The Premier League noted he was replaced by Danny Welbeck as United shifted around their lineup after an extended delay to make sure the defender received proper treatment:

After the match, Moyes confirmed that the defender had gone unconscious, according to Rob Dawson of The Manchester Evening News:

No immediate word about his status as the clubs went in for halftime. It was certainly a worrisome scene at Britannia Stadium as Jones stayed down on the pitch for several minutes and was surrounded by medical personnel.

He was having a strong match at the back for United with pass accuracy north of 90 percent and two tackles before being forced off the pitch, according to WhoScored. In a season where the club's margin for error is already diminishing, any time he misses will be another setback.

More details about the severity of the injury will be provided once they become available.