Manchester United’s Phil Jones declares himself fit following injury

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is confident he will be fit enough to face Arsenal this weekend.

The 23-year-old has been trying to work his way back to full fitness after suffering from mild thrombosis in his right calf.

The injury happened just before the start of the season, ruling Jones out for over a month.

However, he has started to play his way back to being 100% for Man United again. He was brought off the bench against Ipswich Town, Sunderland and Wolfsburg, getting valuable minutes under his belt.

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“I am fit,” said Jones.

“I got 20 or 25 minutes against Ipswich, 20 minutes against Sunderland and just under 20 minutes against Wolfsburg, so I am slowly getting back to it and getting my fitness back, and my sharpness back.

“I feel good, so hopefully I can just stay fit and integrate my way back into the side.”

Jones impressed in his brief cameo against Wolfsburg after replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger and one would expect his role in the squad to grow as the season progresses. With injuries to Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw making them unavailable, Jones could be crucial to United’s defence over the next few weeks.

While Daley Blind and Chris Smalling have formed a formidable partnership in the centre of defence, injuries to other defenders could mean that Blind has to deputise at left-back, leaving space for Jones to slot into. United’s defence have been solid this season and Jones has shown on numerous occasions that he can keep that good run going.

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