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Philip Jones | Defensemen | #4

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/21/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 157

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is looking on the bright side after his side entered the international break with 19 points from a possible 21 in the Premier League so far this season.
Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Marcos Rojo are all currently sidelined meanwhile Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini overcame midweeks setbacks in time to start at Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho has said that he considers injuries to the squad "an opportunity for others" to play and show others why their teammates should trust them. Thus he sees the healthy side of United's injury list. Mourinho, ironically forgetting his constant tirades about United's fitness issues at the tail end of last season, explained that moaning about injuries actually undermines players as it displays a lack of trust. Phil Jones is now a doubt for England's WCQ against Slovakia on Thursday. A win would guarantee the Three Lions passage to Russia. Oct 2 - 12:30 PM
Source: The Guardian

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Jose Mourinho suggests Phil Jones has been playing through the pain barrier and revealed the centre-back is a slight doubt for the matches against Malta and Slovakia.

Mourinho spoke following his sides third successive Premier League win and clean sheet, a victory which took United to the top of the table: "He's potentially a very good player," he said about the injury-plagued 26-year-old. "He's still young, still at a learning age, but for years and years and years he was injury prone." Mourinho went onto add that Jones has all the key attributes to be "everything" but admits he requires constant monitoring from the club’s medical department: "He has a problem now. He’s complaining about ankle problems. He’s the kind of player where we need to have him always in our hands, with a lot of care." Jones has joined up with his England colleagues at St George’s Park and sources from within the camp insist the defender is "fine".
Aug 28 - 4:54 PM

Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones will be suspended for United's Super Cup encounter with Real Madrid as well as United's first CL group game.

The reprimand comes after the centre-back verbally abused a doping control officer in the wake of the Red Devils' Europa League final win over Ajax back in May. His Dutch teammate Daley Blind has also got himself in similar hot water. He has escaped a suspension but has been fined €5,000 along with Jones. The club have also been served with a further €10,000 sanction. It is understood that neither player is guilty of actually doping. United have three days to appeal. Phil Jones will reportedly appeal his punishment. The decision perhaps sheds light on José Mourinho's selection of Lindelof and Smalling together in a centre-back partnership in pre-season, clearly building a rapport between the duo ahead of big games to come.
Jul 31 - 7:21 PM

Manchester United are said to be keen on retaining the services of Phil Jones despite the arrival of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

Jones, along with teammate Chris Smalling, were among those expected to leave the club this summer, but it now appears that Jose Mourinho would like to keep the centre-back at Old Trafford, at least, during the short-term. After failing to secure the services of former youth product Michael Keane from Burnley, and with Marcos Rojo reportedly out until early 2018, the United manager will be looking to ensure he has adequate cover in key positions having qualified for the Champions League. Jones managed 18 league starts during 2016/17 but the England international endured another injury hit campaign after damaging knee ligaments in September [2 months out] and suffering a broken toe [6 weeks] while training with the Three Lions.
Jun 30 - 6:19 PM

Manchester United will have to do without centre-backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling until "mid-May" according to Jose Mourinho.

The pair both returned to Manchester having suffered injuries while on duty with England in March and have not played since. The prognosis Mourinho delivered means that the pair maybe be available for the final three PL games of the season against Tottenham, Southampton and Crystal Palace and the Europa League Final if United make it that far. In the interim, United will have to rely on Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo in the heart of defence in spite of Mourinho's fears that they are over-fatigued: "There is nothing I can do [about the current defensive situation]," he said. "They [Bailly and Rojo] have to go until the limits. There is no other choice. We don’t have any other central defenders. They have to go. There is no other chance." He also added that he would rest the duo for Europa League matches if making the top four became mathematically impossible.
Apr 14 - 11:31 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted in his pre-match press conference after of GW30 that centre-back Phil Jones has a "long-term" injury.

Jones was sent home earlier than planned from international duty after picking up a toe injury in training in what Gareth Southgate labelled an "innocuous tackle". Initial reports hinted that Jones may have broken his toe, and Mourinho’s words seem to suggest that may be the case. In which case, Jones could miss as many as six weeks, which would rule him out of important Europa League and Premier League matches as the Red Devils work towards qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Mar 31 - 1:26 PM

Phil Jones has arrived back at the Carrington Training Complex following his release from the England squad.

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Tuesday that Jones had sustained a foot injury in training and would be returning to his club for further tests. "It was an innocuous tackle and he caught the bottom of somebody's foot. We'll know more over the next 24 to 48 hours," the Three Lions manager confirmed. Initial reports suggest that the Manchester United centre-back suffered a broken toe in a challenge with club and international teammate Chris Smalling, and if confirmed, Jones is likely to miss around six weeks ruling him out of key FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League matches. With nine games scheduled for April, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford to lose a key member of his squad, but at least United are well-stocked in this area with the aforementioned Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly all capable of playing in the heart of defence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 2:19 PM

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injury doubts for the week.

The Red Devils manager has ruled out the duo for the club's Europa League second leg match with St Etienne on Wednesday and even expressed doubt that they would be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Southampton. However, Mourinho said there are no issues with Antonio Valencia and David De Gea, who were each rested in the FA Cup win against Blackburn over the weekend: "De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday."
Feb 20 - 3:51 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that centre-back Phil Jones will miss United's game with Watford on Saturday.

Jones, 24, missed United's clash with champions Leicester last weekend due to a foot injury, and the same ailment is ruling him out of this fixture too.
Feb 10 - 12:01 PM

Phil Jones is hoping to be available for Sundays trip to the King Power Stadium despite limping off during last night’s 0-0 draw with Hull.

The United centre-back has enjoyed a relatively pain-free return to the first team following an injury plagued few years at the club, and Jones was quick allay any serious concerns after he was forced off on Wednesday. "My foot's bruised but I'll be fine," he told MUTV post-match. "It's nothing sinister, nothing serious, so hopefully in a few days I'll be fine." Jose Mourinho has been afforded the luxury of an almost fully fit squad in recent weeks, and if there are any concerns regarding the fitness of Jones, then he can look elsewhere with options on the bench. Chris Smalling, his replacement against Hull, could partner Marcos Rojo in the heart of defence while Eric Bailly is available following his return international duty.
Feb 2 - 7:43 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been forced to recall Phil Jones to the first team squad for their Europa League clash with Fenerbahce.

Jones has not made an appearance this season so far after pickinng up a knee ligament injury in August. The 24 year old has returned to the squad a little earlier than expected on the back of injuries to Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and long term absentee Eric Bailly. Mourinho has bemoaned the England defender's recent spate of injuries but hopes his week back in first team training will be enough to protect him on Thursday.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 09:59:00 PM

Phil Jones was a notable absentee from the Manchester United travelling squad which flew to Feyenoord on Wednesday.

The United defender had been earmarked for a return to action in the Europa League but Jose Mourinho confirmed during the build-up to the match that Jones had suffered a lateral collateral ligament [LCL] injury in training which would keep him out for around a month. This setback represents the latest in a long line of injuries for the former England international, who has played just 45 competitive minutes in 2016. On-going ankle problems, interspersed with the odd knee injury have resulted in 28 injuries during his five years at the club with days missed totalling an eye watering 694 [and counting]. With Mourinho expected to dip into the market again for a defender, Jones’ days at Old Trafford appear to be numbered as he slips further down the pecking order.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 05:47:00 AM

Phil Jones features in the match day squad for the first time since January as Bournemouth travel to Old Trafford for the season finale in the league.

With a Champions League berth still a possibility for the Red Devils, it remains to be seen what Louis Van Gaal will do with his line-up. His "fatigue specialist" seems to think he has a tired squad and he has a potentially important Premier League match on Sunday and then an FA Cup final on the 21st. Could Jones replace either Daley Blind or Chris Smalling as one of the rotations that LVG eluded to in his press conference? Not out of the question but the smart money is on a pretty strong line-up with potential changes as the results come in from Manchester City's match with Swansea City in Wales.
Fri, May 13, 2016 03:09:00 PM

Phil Jones has recovered from the latest in his long string of injuries and should be available for Manchester United's match with Spurs this weekend.

The former Blackburn Rovers man is likely to start United's Week 33 match against Spurs on the bench so his value to fantasy managers this weekend is somewhere between marginal and nil. Jones' prospects for the balance of the season will depend entirely on how Manchester United perform. If they are in the fight for fourth then he will likely see very little of the pitch. If they drop back and essentially have nothing to play for then he may get a more of a chance to show what he can do ahead of a possible summer transfer or clean slate with a new manager.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Tell me if you've heard this one before, Phil Jones is fit and could feature for the Red Devils in some capacity at the Hawthorns this weekend.

The question for Louis Van Gaal is how, if at all, the versatile defender should be worked back into the rotation. With United playing better in recent weeks, it seems likely that Jones will take a spot on the bench and get playing time as game situations dictate. He hasn't played much this season and the notion of risking a suddenly-possible-again on a rusty, injury-prone defender seems foolish even given all of United's injuries.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 11:48:00 AM