Man United's Phil Jones set to return after 629 days

Man United's Phil Jones set to return after 629 days

Manchester United have confirmed defender Phil Jones is available for selection over the weekend when they travel to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City. 

Jones has been on the sidelines for more than an hour and his last appearance was in January 2020 where United thrashed Tranmere 6-0. The England international could return over the weekend against the Foxes and replace injury Raphael Varane who is set to be on the sidelines for several weeks through injury. 

“Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford have both been training with the first team over the international break following their long-term injuries and the duo could feature against Leicester in our 15:00 BST kick-off at the King Power Stadium on Saturday,” a statement from the club read. 

Club captain Harry Maguire is also a potential doubt for the meeting with the Foxes despite revealing his condition is improving.

Jones on recovery

"I’m feeling good at the minute," he said. 

"Obviously, I’ve been through hell and back over the last couple of years. I struggled with my knee a little bit and [there] came a point after lockdown where I thought enough was enough."

"I kept myself in great shape over lockdown and came back. But I remember just training out here [Carrington] and going in to the doc and saying ‘enough’s enough’. Unfortunately, there was going to be time off the pitch, which I knew was going to be difficult for me, but it was something that I had to do."

"Thankfully, I see the light at the end of the tunnel now, and I’ve been back training, played a few behind-closed-doors games and I’m feeling really good at the minute. It’s so good to be back out training with the lads and enjoying being a footballer again because, for the last 15 months, it’s been all ‘daddy daycare’ and not much football."

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