Phil Jones expects to be fit for Manchester United’s game against Watford

by Sam Peoples

Phil Jones has confirmed the injury he suffered against Hull City wasn’t serious and said he expects to be fit for Manchester United’s game with Watford at the weekend.

Jones had to be replaced by Chris Smalling in the second half of our 0-0 draw with Hull and missed the 3-0 win over Leicester City, leading to questions of whether he would be fit to face Watford.

However, speaking ahead of the game Jones allayed fears and detailed what the injury was.

“It is all good now,” Jones told the Manchester Evening News.

“I have just had a bit of bruising underneath the foot where my insole cracked and that was pushing up and it was just a bit painful.

“It was just one of those things. You can’t legislate for that. It could happen to anyone. It was just unfortunate it cracked.

“But I should be okay for Watford.”

Jones has had a brilliant turnaround under Jose Mourinho. Prior to coming back into the team in November, Jones spent the last few seasons in and out of the side because of a swathe of injuries which made it impossible for him to build up any momentum. Now, he looks like a completely different defender and far more like the player we signed from Blackburn Rovers with bags of potential.

There are those who still hold question marks over Jones but for me he is a far more natural and dominant defender than Chris Smalling is. At the start of the year, United fans would have told you the concept of him creating a solid partnership with Marcos Rojo was about as likely as Leicester City winning the league last year but they’ve proven all their critics wrong. I’m eating my humble pie and loving every bite.

I’d bring Jones back into the team and play him alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of United’s defence for Watford and moving forward between now and the end of the season I think that is probably our strongest partnership at centre-back.

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