The England international was unable to take part in training this morning after failing to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the FA Cup win over Reading. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Jones was out of the tie against the Spanish champions, which will be a disappointment considering the effectiveness of Jones’ play in the first leg at the Bernabeu.
United have been boosted by the return of defender Rio Ferdinand, who took part in training after missing out on the 4-0 victory over Norwich on the weekend. Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra and Danny Welbeck overcame their knocks to participate and are expected to start at Old Trafford. Midfielder Michael Carrick says he is looking forward to a “special” night against the nine-time European champions, as United go into the game with a precious away goal.
Carrick said: “These are the nights you live for. There is just something in the air. Everyone comes to the stadium with a spring in their step. Every supporter is that little bit more vocal.”
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