Just as Manchester United were starting to build up some momentum with a defence built upon Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, the latter is awaiting news over the extent of his injury.
Perhaps indicative of the England international’s career at Old Trafford so far, the 25-year-old may miss an extended period of action with a broken toe, picked up while training with the Three Lions.
Prior to his injury, Jones was on a solid run of form in central defence under Jose Mourinho, playing his way back into the international setup and earning rave reviews along the way.
He, along with Chris Smalling, could be out of action as United gear up for a busy April, in which they play nine games.
That leaves just Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo available in central defence in a defining period for Jose Mourinho at the club as their chase for the top four and the Europa League hots up.
Considering Jones’ standing amongst the club’s support, his wait to find out if his season is over or not has provoked quite the reaction on Twitter.
Does Phil Jones ever play beyond 3 months without getting injured?!!….Lad is fragile and fast becoming unreliable. #MUFC
— Allan Kabali (@theAllanK) March 28, 2017
Jones and Smalling possibly out for the rest of the season. Cheers England. International football is ridiculous ???? #MUFC
— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) March 28, 2017
Mourinho should please sell Jones and Smalling, time is up for the both of them #Mufc
— Adeyeye Damilola (@dammyvince) March 27, 2017
They're both pants. Neither should be starting CB at #mufc.. hope we sell both (at least one and Jones) and upgrade this summer ????????
— ' DMF ???????? (@dmf180593) March 28, 2017
I've seen the light, Phil Jones needs to leave my club he's spent most of his United career injured and it seems like he hates being fit
— Sam (@exerdus) March 28, 2017
Since December 2013 Phil Jones has had 12 injuries missing a total of 392 days. Yet you just know if we sold him he'd suddenly stay fit!
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) March 28, 2017
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones out for an extended period what a time to be alive
— RD???????? (@Redevilogy) March 27, 2017