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Philip Jones | Defensemen | #4

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/21/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 157

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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. Sep 15 - 5:47 AM

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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.
May 13 - 3:09 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.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 8 - 11:50 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.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 4 - 11:48 AM

Phil Jones suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury during Manchester United's 7-0 U21 league victory of Norwich on Monday.

The Red Devils remain perilously thin at the back and were counting on the return of Phil Jones to boost depth even if he wasn't likely to dislodge either Chris Smalling or Daley Blind in the starting eleven. Jones, who hasn't played much at all this season and only once in 2016, shouldn't be out too much longer according to Louis Van Gaal's assessment but the trend for Jones is certainly a worrying one with only 10 Premier League matches to his credit this season and only six starts.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 12 - 10:09 AM

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is in the starting lineup for the club's U21 side tonight in his first match action during his recovery from an ankle injury.

The defender has missed the last month—five Premier League matches—since suffering the injury against Swansea City in Week 20. Since returning to training last week, the club has deemed him ready to participate fully and will surely welcome his return, which could allow Daley Blind to move to the club's thinnest position at left-back when Jones returns to pair with Chris Smalling. Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj will also start for the U21s as neither have seen much action in 2016, combing for 62 minutes of Premier League action since Week 21.
Feb 8 - 3:23 PM

Phil Jones is getting close to a return but won't be back in time to ease Manchester United's defensive injury crisis for their match with Chelsea.

With Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all missing for sure, Manchester United will be happy to get Phil Jones back as cover in the near future. He won't be ready for the Chelsea match which should see a quartet of Borthwick-Jackson, Smalling, Blind, and Darmian get the start. The issue is that depth behind those four is perilously thin and Red Devils have been dropping like flies this season.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 12:51 PM

Phil Jones' injury woes continue as he will miss out again in Week 23 as he continues to recover from his ankle injury.

Jones has had a spotty season. Between injuries and Louis Van Gaal not seemingly rating him very highly, he has only started six Premier League matches and come on as a substitute in four others. With all the other injuries to the defense at Manchester United, you'd expect Jones would get a run of matches somewhere - center back, right back, holding midfield - if he can ever get and stay healthy. It may just not be his year. Hard to justify a roster spot for him even in deep single-ownership formats.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 2:10 PM

Phil Jones' injury woes continue as he will miss out again in Week 23 as he continues to recover from his ankle injury.

Jones has had a spotty season. Between injuries and Louis Van Gaal not seemingly rating him very highly, he has only started six Premier League matches and come on as a substitute in four others. With all the other injuries to the defense at Manchester United, you'd expect Jones would get a run of matches somewhere - center back, right back, holding midfield - if he can ever get and stay healthy. It may just not be his year. Hard to justify a roster spot for him even in deep single-ownership formats.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 2:10 PM

Phil Jones, out for weeks with an ankle injury and much of the season with a series of knocks, could be fit enough to play a part against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Red Devils all of a sudden have some defensive issues now that their attack has found new life. It seems unlikely that Jones will be thrown back in the deep end with a start in his first match back after a leg injury (ankle) but he could see some time from the bench. As he comes back into full match fitness, he could get a chance to partner Chris Smalling in central defense if United continue to struggle at the back.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 2:46 PM

Phil Jones continues to miss time for Manchester United with an ankle injury leaving the Red Devils thin at the back.

Phil Jones continues to confound in a number of regards. Initially tagged as either a center back or holding midfielder of the future, his career has stalled. Between injuries and a failure to reach the potential assigned to him as a youngster, Jones has become more of a defensive utility player than anything else. Still, with United missing multiple first choice defenders who are on long term injuries, having Jones available more regularly than he has been would be a big help.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 11 - 10:19 AM

Louis van Gaal provided a mixed post-match injury update following yesterdays’ win over Swansea at Old Trafford (Uniteds’ first since November).

The Dutchman revealed that Phil Jones looks set for another spell on the sidelines after the 23-year-old was forced off at half-time following a recurrence of his recent ankle injury. However, there was better news regarding wing-back Ashley Young who was suffering from nothing more problematic than cramp while the withdrawal of Ander Herrera was a ploy to run the clock down. "Phil Jones is injured, and it's more or less the same injury as before," van Gaal said. "Ashley Young has played a lot of matches in a row, so he was stiff and had to be changed. It was not voluntary, I changed them because I need to change. With Herrera, it was because I wanted to waste time, as Swansea did all match."
Jan 3 - 8:01 AM

Phil Jones will not win his race to be fit for Manchester United's Week 15 match with West Ham.

The utility defender has not overcome his ankle injury and will miss out yet again. This has been an injury-plagued season for Jones who has been unavailable as often or more often than he has been available. Given the other injury issues that United have faced in defense this can only been seen as a missed opportunity for Jones whose career seems to have stalled over the past few years. It seems clear that Louis Van Gaal prefers a partnership of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind to one that includes Jones when his defensive options are all healthy.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:37:00 PM

Phil Jones left the match against Watford in Week 13 early with an ankle injury and will not recover in time for the trip to Leicester in Week 14.

Manchester United's wide defense is a bit of a mess with their first choices on each side out injured and deputy right back Phil Jones now out as well. Matteo Darmian, in the dog house for some weeks, was given a start against PSV in mid-week and is likely to get another one against the Foxes with Ashley Young the only other viable alternative likely to be abused by the Foxes league-leading attack.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 01:47:00 PM

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.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 01:04:00 PM