England defender Jones ruled out of Germany friendly

Manchester United’s Phil Jones will be unavailable on Tuesday for England’s friendly against Germany after suffering a groin injury against Chile on Friday, writes Sky Sports.

It was suspected that Jones picked up a knock during the Chile friendly at Wembley when the 21-year-old walked straight down the tunnel after being replaced by fellow United teammate Chris Smalling on the 57 minute mark.

The injury was confirmed by the Football Association after a scan was completed on the defender’s leg. A statement from the FA read: “Phil Jones has been ruled out of England’s final match of 2013 against Germany on Tuesday evening.

“The Manchester United defender picked up his injury during England’s defeat to Chile on Friday evening, and following a scan today (Saturday) he has returned to his club.”

Jones’ replacement is likely to be Phil Jagielka, who will partner Gary Cahill in defence against Germany on Tuesday.

Having given the players Saturday off to recover, Hodgson will be hoping the likes of Kyle Walker, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert all return to the squad having been unavailable for the friendly against Chile on Friday evening at Wembley.

Joe Hart, Ashley Cole and Andros Townsend are also expected to return to the line-up as England hope to avoid back-to-back home defeats.

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