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Friday 23 December 2011

Jones injury boost for United

Manchester United star likely to be fit to play on Boxing Day

Phil Jones was forced off during the match against QPR

Manchester United star Phil Jones looks set to play in their Boxing Day match at home to Wigan after scans revealed he has not broken his cheekbone.

The club had expected the 19-year-old to be sidelined after he was injured in the 5-0 win at Fulham.

"We feared the worst but there is no break"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

But manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Phil Jones should be okay for Monday. We feared the worst but there is no break."

Jones' availability will be welcome news for Ferguson, who is already missing a number of key players.

Captain Nemanja Vidic is out for the season and fellow defender Rio Ferdinand is doubtful for the Wigan match, while midfielder Darren Fletcher has decided to take some time off on medical advice.

The news on winger Ashley Young was not as good as Ferguson revealed he will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury.

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Key Points

  • United feared Phil Jones had broken his cheekbone
  • Injury not as bad as feared and should be available for Wigan match
  • Ashley Young will miss next few weeks with knee injury