Phil Jones has returned to training for Manchester United training after an extended period on the sidelines.
The defender has been unavailable for selection due to a thrombosis problem in his calf but having overcome that issue, he’s made a full return to training.
Man United fans had their heads in their hands when Jones was ruled out earlier this season with his thrombosis issue. ‘Different season, same problem’ it seemed for a player who has spent so much of his United career injured.
Now this problem looks to be a thing of the past, Jones’ priority will be on forcing his way into Louis van Gaal‘s starting XI but he’s got a very tough task ahead of him.
Luke Shaw‘s injury may force van Gaal into a re-shuffle at the back but it’s been his most stable section all season and a newly formed partnership of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind is one of the biggest positives this year.
If, inexplicably, Blind is forced into the left-back role then a window of opportunity would open for Jones but it really would be a massive surprise to see van Gaal breaking up one of his team’s best partnerships, especially given that it is at the heart of his defence.
Jones’ biggest problem at United has always been his fitness and this season has been much of the same for a player who still has great promise.
Regardless of that promise or potential, Jones has got to kick the habit of his United lifetime sooner or rather and find a consistent run of fitness if he has any long-term future at the club.