Man Utd’s Jones set for three weeks out

Manchester United will be without defender Phil Jones for up to three weeks after he picked up a hamstring injury while playing for England, the Daily Mail has reported.

The former Blackburn Rovers player was forced off after 77 minutes of England’s 2-0 win away to Switzerland in their first Euro 2016 qualifying match. He was replaced by Phil Jagielka, and after being assessed by medical staff from both club and country, he will now be absent until the beginning of October.

That would see him miss Premier League games against promoted duo Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City as well as a home clash with West Ham United, and it also leaves United with fewer defensive options.

Manager Louis van Gaal is likely to go with Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and Jonathan Evans as his back three against the R’s on Sunday, in a game which could see four players make their debuts. Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao and Luke Shaw were all signed during the summer and are expected to play a key role in their attempts to move up the Premier League table.

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