Updates from Monday, June 2
Phil Jones is in line to start for England when they take on Ecuador in Wednesday's World Cup warm-up.
Manchester United's official Twitter confirmed:
Good luck to Phil Jones for his first match since injuring his shoulder. He'll start for England on Wednesday. More: http://t.co/m02o8YI8tl— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 2, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Phil Jones appears on course to take his place in England's 23-man World Cup squad after making progress with his shoulder injury.
The Mirror's Martin Lipton reports from Portugal:
And while Jones has yet to progress to contact work, he has been able to follow the programme set down by Manchester United and England medical staff since suffering his shoulder ligament injury against Hull.
There are now no plans for Jones to jet back to Manchester for further examination of the injury, which suggests the defender remains on course for a return to full fitness by the time the Three Lions arrive in Miami on May 31 for their final warm-up friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras.
The London Evening Standard's James Olley tweeted the following, both from Wednesday's training session and Roy Hodgson's press conference:
Hodgson says he expects to have everyone available for #eng game v Peru on Friday week.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 21, 2014
Manchester United's official Twitter account also noted:
Updates from Sunday, May 18
Phil Jones continues to try to regain fitness for the 2014 World Cup (via Jamie Jackson of The Guardian):
Phil Jones was fit enough to join up with England on Sunday, with the expectation being he will take his place on the plane for Monday's flight to the squad's Portugal training camp as his recovery from a shoulder injury continues to be positive.
England have a five-day stay in Vale de Lobo before returning home ahead of their first World Cup warm-up game, the friendly with Peru on 30 May at Wembley.
Updates from Friday, May 9
Ryan Giggs predicts Phil Jones will be fit for the World Cup, if selected by Roy Hodgson.
The Manchester United boss said on Friday, per the club's official Twitter account:
Phil Jones' shoulder injury isn't as serious as first feared. Giggs: "He's out of Sunday's game but should be okay for the World Cup." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 9, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 8
Phil Jones faces World Cup heartbreak, according to the Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.
Official news is yet to emerge on the Manchester United defender, but Lipton reports that scan results show he faces a month out of action:
While scans and X-rays confirmed there is no fracture, Jones has been left with damaged ligaments in the joint after a crunching collision with the Tigers' Maynor Figueroa.
He is expecting to be told he will be out for at least a month when the full diagnosis is known after the swelling in the affected area goes down.
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Phil Jones remains hopeful he will be fit for the World Cup ahead of planned scans on his shoulder.
The Telegraph's Matt Law reports:
The initial diagnosis was encouraging, as Jones was told it does not look as though he has broken or dislocated his shoulder.
But he is waiting to find out from an MRI scan whether he has suffered any significant ligament damage that could still end his World Cup hopes.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones was forced to leave the club's Premier League match against Hull City after less than 20 minutes due to an apparent shoulder injury.
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph noted the injury occurred after a collision with Tigers counterpart Maynor Figueroa. He then landed on his shoulder as he fell to the pitch and wasn't able to continue:
ESPN FC passed along word that Nemanja Vidic was brought into the lineup earlier than expected due to Jones' quick exit:
Vidic! The captain jogs onto the field as a sub for Phil Jones one final time in a United kit.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 6, 2014
The captain was making his final Old Trafford appearance before exiting at season's end.
Richard Keys of Sky Sports and Jerrad Peters of Bleacher Report UK wonder if Jones' latest injury setback could cost him a World Cup spot:
Phil Jones has got a big problem here. That shoulder has gone. WC?— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) May 6, 2014
Phil Jones headed to hospital with a shoulder injury. Could be his World Cup right there. #MUFC— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) May 6, 2014
While that would obviously be a disappointing turn of events for the 22-year-old defender, the extent of the damage won't be known until further evaluation. It didn't look good, but Manchester United and England will hope the scare is nothing more than that.
When healthy, Jones continued to flash his potential for United this season. He must figure out a way to make smarter challenges moving forward, however, or injuries will continue to hold him back.