Phil Jones is happy to be back in action for Manchester United after another frustrating injury lay-off.
The defender had a blood clot in his leg which ruled him out of playing and although he was still fit in theory, it’s an injury which has caused him a major set-back this season.
In his absence, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have created an excellent partnership together which will make it very difficult for Jones to break into the first-team but he is simply happy to not be injured at the moment.
“It was something that was completely out of control,” said Jones.
“It wasn’t a tackle or something stupid, it was just one of them things.
I came off the tour and felt a tightness in my calves and had a scan on it and found a blood clot in my leg. There is not much you can do.
“I was still fit and still mobile about the house and that was the frustrating thing, still walking around and trying to train and be fit but i couldn’t join in with the lads, because if you get contact it can travel up your leg and then you’re in trouble, so it’s very frustrating but it’s just one of them things. It was totally out of control.
“You have to just carry on your normal day and not to overload it too much and I couldn’t get contact on it. That could disperse it and then you are in trouble.
“I’m just buzzing to be back now and happy to be back in the fold. I got 20 minutes the other night, the same against Sunderland and hopefully I can get integrate my way back into the team.
“There’s always a chance in the game that I could get a kick on my calf or something. I saw the specialist and his advice was not to do it, so when things like that happen you can’t really ignore it. As much as I would like to, I couldn’t do it.
“It was training in the gym, getting fit like that and then slowly back out on the pitch and waiting for the tablets to work. Now I’m fit and fine. Touch wood I can stay fit and integrate my way back into the side.”
Every Tom, Dick or Harry could have seen an injury to Jones coming at shop point this season, which is somewhat of an oversight by van Gaal but he has up until this point coped very well without Jones.
If he is going to force his way back into the team, Jones is going to have to put in some extremely impressive performances when given the chance, as both Smalling and Blind are almost untouchable at the moment.