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Philip Jones | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/21/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 157

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Phil Jones has been passed by doctors in relation to his thrombosis but now must start training to regain fitness and sharpness before he starts contributing on the field.
The England man returns to a United defense in flux. With Luke Shaw out for most of the season after his gruesome injury on Tuesday Marcos Rojo will likely get first crack at the left back spot. If Rojo does well then Chris Smalling and Daley Blind are likely to retain their starting jobs in the center of defense. If Rojo is found wanting as a pure left back (as opposed to the left-most center back in a 3-5-2) then Daley Blind may be moved over to left back with Smalling and Jones resuming their central defensive partnership. In other words, when Jones is fit to play again in a few weeks his fantasy value could be anywhere from better-than-average and worth a waiver claim to afterthought. Sep 18 - 1:04 PM

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Phil Jones is back to training after a mild thrombosis scare but will reportedly not return to active duty until September 12 against Liverpool.

With Chris Smalling and Daley Blind having yet to concede this season in the Premier League, the absence of Jones has yet to be felt. It may be that when the England man is healthy, he'll take a seat on the bench as the third center back. Marcos Rojo is also unavailable as he continues what seems like an exceptionally long recovery from his summer participation in the Copa America. Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez are both back after featuring in that competition but Rojo has yet to be deemed ready.
Aug 25 - 1:00 PM

Louis van Gaal has praised club doctor Dr Steve McNally for his early intervention after Phil Jones was found to be suffering from "mild thrombosis" prior to Saturdays’ opener against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Having already confirmed that Shaw, Darmian and Daley would start against Spurs the last remaining defensive spot looked to be a straight decision between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. However as the teams were announced for the early kick-off Jones was conspicuous in his absence from the match-day squad. News later emerged that the 23 year-old had been sent for checks by a specialist after feeling a tightness in his calves during the build-up to game week one. It was after these tests - which revealed a blood clot - that Jones was diagnosed with "mild thrombosis." Clots can occur when the blood flow within the veins and arteries is impeded causing tissue to die due to a lack of a supply. Jones will be out for a minimum of 3-weeks.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 10 - 7:49 PM

Amid news that Sergio Ramos might be coming to Old Trafford, Phil Jones doesn't appear flustered as he prepares to sign a long term deal at United.

Jones' current contract will expire at the end of the 2015-16 season and regardless of whether Ramos arrives or not, the Red Devils have no interest in losing a young, English player with significant potential for nothing. The terms of the new deal are rumored to be "around £80,000-a-week" according to the Manchester Evening News. In all likelihood, the Ramos rumors will come to nothing more than an improved deal for the defender at the Bernabeu so locking down Jones is a significant step for United.
Jun 24 - 9:12 AM

Phil Jones picked up an injury yesterday after falling awkwardly during the first half of Sundays’ Euro qualifying win over Slovenia.

The Manchester United defender was left nursing an ankle injury following a clearance with Jones failing to re-appear after the half-time interval. His withdrawal forced Roy Hodgson into a reshuffle with Jordan Henderson dropping in at right-back while Adam Lallana came into midfield although many will question why Nathaniel Clyne – more naturally suited to the position – was not called into action. However it was Lallana's creative spark that helped the Three Lions overturn a 1-nil deficit to win the match by the odd-goal in five with Wayne Rooney finishing smartly from the Liverpool players neat lay-off. England maintain their 100 per cent record in Group E with 6 wins from their first 6-games while Hodgson's men are now unbeaten since their Word Cup loss to Uruguay last summer.
Jun 15 - 2:55 AM

Louis Van Gaal has indicated that Phil Jones will not recover in time to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have formed a strong central defensive pairing as Manchester United have recovered from their first half doldrums. Half of that pairing will be absent for Week 33 as Manchester United face leaders Chelsea on their home turf. Obvious replacements Jonny Evans (suspended) and Marcos Rojo (abdominal injury) will also miss out leaving either Tyler Blackett or Paddy McNair as potential replacements for the marquee match of the weekend.
Apr 17 - 10:27 AM

Phil Jones missed the visit of Sunderland over the weekend with an illness but should be ready to go again for the mid-week trip to St. James' Park.

Jonny Evans deputized for Jones against the Black Cats but it seems likely that Jones will return to the starting line-up now that he has recovered. Newcastle's form has been up and down so the value of Jones, Evans or any of United's defenders is definitely a hard thing to quantify even in the presence of certain starters. Given that there is at least some doubt over who will start with Jones and Luke Shaw both fit again.
Mar 3 - 11:14 AM

Phil Jones has been passed fit from a knee complaint and will be available for Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United travel to the Liberty Stadium in Week 26 action.

Jones injured his knee in the Premier League win over Burnley a week ago Wednesday but, after missing the FA Cup match with Preston North End on Monday, he should be ready to go again on Saturday. Even with United's defense fully healthy, Jones is a probable starter assuming he is fully fit. Van Gaal does have other options but seems likely to pick his first choice eleven given the fits Swansea gave United at Old Trafford early in the season.
Feb 20 - 3:45 PM

Manchester United travel to Preston North End in the FA Cup and Louis van Gaal could be without up to four first team players for the tricky trip to the Deepdale Stadium.

Phil Jones and Daley Blind both picked up problems during the win over Burnley on Wednesday – Jones limped off after 5 minutes at Old Trafford and although the problem is not thought to be serious the defender could miss out while Chris Smalling should be rewarded with a start after his two goal appearance from the bench. Meanwhile Blind confirmed via social media that his head wound – which required stitches – was nothing major but again Louis van Gaal may decide to rest his Dutch international. An unspecified knock could keep Robin van Persie sidelined with James Wilson or Wayne Rooney in a more advanced role both good options but Michael Carrick is set for a little longer out following a minor setback in his recovery from a calf strain.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 15 - 8:34 AM

Phil Jones has been in and out of the line-up all season and he returned again against Liverpool with a big game in United's 3-0 win.

The England defender contributed six interceptions, three tackles won and a blocked shot to Manchester United's clean sheet. He wasn't nearly as important to that clean sheet as David De Gea but fantasy managers will like to see Jones back. When he has been healthy this season he has generally been very effective at accumulating large phantom point totals even when United weren't keeping clean sheets. Now that things appear to be moving in the right direction overall, Jones could be even more effective.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Manchester United's central defense is starting to get healthy with Phil Jones joining Jonny Evans as potential partners for Marcos Rojo.

Jonny Evans made a surprising return to action as a substitute against Southampton when Chris Smalling went out with a groin strain. Now Louis Van Gaal will feel like he is awash in options as Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and Marcos Rojo are all available to play center back. Given that Jones is just returning and Evans hasn't logged many minutes yet either it seems likely that Evans will start and go about 60 minutes with Jones coming in to ensure that neither is asked to do too much coming off of their respective injuries.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Manchester United defender Phil Jones missed Sundays’ draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford after a repetitive strain injury excluded him from the match-day squad – the latest in a long line of problems for the England international.

Post-match Louis van Gaal confirmed the £17 million defender was missing because of shin splints with the Dutch coach unable to give any clear indication of when Phil Jones will return to action. The injury itself is a common footballing overuse injury which responds well to conservative treatment – rest / strengthening / stretching with a gradual increase in load – rehab can range from weeks to months potentially. With Chris Smalling returning to the eleven on Sunday plus Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair approaching full fitness the defensive situation [for the moment at least] doesn’t look too bad.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 05:22:00 PM

The good news is the Phil Jones returned to the starting line-up, the bad news is that the results weren't great.

The first goal that Manchester United allowed appeared to be more of a breakdown of the left side of the defense with Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw both caught out of position. The second goal was mostly a result of Rafael not being on the same page with his central defenders and allowing Saido Berahino to run behind the center backs and still be onside for a breakaway. Neither would indicate that Jones was at fault for either goal per se but Louis Van Gaal will have hoped for a better overall showing from Jones and the defense in general as they come back to health.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 01:10:00 PM

Center back Phil Jones is available to ease Louis Van Gaal's defensive crisis as he returns to availability after being absent since mid-September.

It will be fascinating to see how LVG lines up as his walking wounded get healthy. It seems likely that he will have both Phil Jones and Ander Herrera back from injury as well as Tyler Blackett back from suspension. The Dutch manager has been playing a 4-4-2 in recent weeks and it is unclear whether that is a strategic move now that he knows his personnel better or a tactical decision based on the unavailability of his best central defenders due to injuries. Jones seems likely to partner Rojo centrally with Luke Shaw and Rafael out wide.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 01:26:00 PM

Phil Jones's hamstring will keep him out of the Manchester United line-up through the end of September and possibly into October.

The England defender's hamstring injury will keep him out of action in Week 5 for sure and likely through the next international break in early October as well. Jones has started the season well despite United's overall weakness in defense. He looked like the only defender healthy in the early-going that looked like he might survive to feature in LVG's 3-5-2.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:13:00 PM