Jones in line for United return against Liverpool

Manchester United defender Phil Jones could be back from injury to face Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield this Saturday, The Daily Star reports. Jones was stretchered off against Arsenal last weekend with an ankle injury, which he is expected to shrug off and become available for selection.

The injury came in the opening stages at the Emirates Stadium and did not look promising on first sight, but the United defender is expected to be back to face Liverpool on Saturday. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said following the game that the injury would keep Jones out for a few weeks, but the former Blackburn man has recovered quickly. Jones was deployed in midfield in the Premier League game at Anfield in October, but if he is fit, the England international is expected to resume his normal role in defence.

United have been struck down with injuries this season, especially in defence, and Ferguson will be delighted that Jones has made such a quick recovery. The Premier League champions are also sweating on the fitness of Rio Ferdinand, who missed the 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium with a back problem. United assistant Mike Phelan is unconcerned with the problems and believes the experience within the side will be enough to see them through.

Phelan said: ‘Phil’s character is very good. He is disappointed that, over the last few weeks, he seems to have limped around the football field quite a bit. But he usually manages to recover, so we’re optimistic he can do the same again. We are not in the greatest state that we possibly could be in ahead of in the next four or five games. However, we can call on all our experience and resources we have at this football club.’

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