Manchester United’s Phil Jones ready to return to the first-team

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has revealed he’s ready to return to the first-team, after having recovered from an ankle injury. The England international recently played over an hour in a reserve fixture for the Red Devils, and was an unused substitute in their weekend defeat to West Brom, reports Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old has suffered with injuries all through the season, which have limited his game time, but he believes he’s in good shape to make a return for Louis van Gaal’s side. The United manager could well utilise him in the midfield to cover for their other absences in the middle of the park, so Jones’ return comes at a perfect time.

Manchester United travel to face Crystal Palace in the next Premier League game, and still have some work to do before they seal their Champions League place, with their recent poor form having allowed Liverpool back in the hunt. Goals have dried up of late, and the backline look leaky again due to ongoing changes having to be made due to injuries.

As a result, Phil Jones is desperate to return as soon as possible, as he feels good about his ankle injury and current fitness, but ultimately its’ down to the manager if he will play him. The former Blackburn defender recently said: “I’m happy to play in the Under-21s and get some fitness. I feel I’m ready to go again and hopefully I can make the squad on Saturday. Hopefully, I’ll recover on Tuesday, then train on Wednesday and Thursday, and see how it goes.”

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