Manchester United hit with injury blow

Phil Jones, Manchester United

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to miss the Champions League clash with Real Madrid after being struck down by the Shingles virus.

Shingles is the adult version of the Chickenpox and can take up to 4 weeks to recover from the illness, meaning Jones is almost certain to miss not only next week’s tie at Old Trafford but possibly the home tie on the 5th of March.

The 20-year-old defender missed the Saturday game against Fulham and has already been withdrawn from the England U-21 Friendly against Sweden this week.

Stuart Pearce the England U-21 coach spoke to The Sun about his disappointment of losing Jones from the team this week

“Jones picked up shingles and there’s not a lot we can do about it. It’s a shame because it makes us stronger when Phil’s here, that’s for sure. But it gives someone else a chance.”

Stuart Pearce also spoke of his impending contract talks with the FA stating

“The guidance I’ve had from the FA is they would prefer to wait until the  summer. For both parties, we’re happy to sit tight and chat in the summer”

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