England player set to be out for a month.
Premier League leaders Manchester United have been hit with the news that key utility player Phil Jones has been sidelined with shingles, reports the Sun.
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The England international has only just returned to the United team following a long injury layoff, and is now set to be out of action for at least the next four weeks with the illness.
And that means that Jones will definitely be absent for the Red Devils’ trip to the Spanish capital to take on Liga champions Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu a week on Wednesday, while there must also be a good possibility that the defender will also miss the return leg at Old Trafford the following Tuesday.
Jones has pulled out of the England Under-21 friendly with Sweden at Walsall on Tuesday night, with manager Stuart Pearce saying: “It’s a shame. You want your good players to be here.
“But Phil has picked up shingles and there’s not a lot we can do about it.
“But it means someone else gets a chance.”
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