EXCLUSIVE: Nightmare for Jones as United defender set for lengthy layoff after ANOTHER injury setback
22:09 GMT, 7 September 2012
Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones has suffered yet another injury setback.
The 20-year-old hobbled out of United's Carrington training ground on crutches after injuring his right leg on Thursday and now looks set for another spell on the sidelines.
Nightmare: Phil Jones' young career at Manchester United has been marred by injury
It is a bitter blow for Jones who has only just returned to training after he was ruled out of United's first three games because of back spasms.
Jones was also unavailable for Roy Hodgson England side, who demolished a poor Moldova team 5-0 on Friday evening.
The problem forced him to fly home from the United's pre-season tour of Scandinavia, but last week Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Jones had resumed light training after a period of rest appeared to have cured the problem.
The latest injury problem for Jones is one of many he has sustained during his short tenure at United.
The club have had to make do without the former Blackburn man against Everton, Fulham and Southampton and look set to be without the versatile defender for some time yet.
Jones joined United from Blackburn for 16.5million in January last year and has made 29 appearances for the club.
The United manager is still without another England defender in Chris Smalling, but Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans both returned to the United squad for the 3-2 win at Southampton last weekend.
Unlucky: Jones (left) hobbled out of training at Carrington on Thursday