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Monday 23 January 2012

Man Utd's Jones suffers ankle injury

Teenage defender set to be sidelined for weeks with latest setback

Phil Jones suffered ankle ligament damage early in the match at the Emirates Stadium

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said they are set to be without Phil Jones for several weeks after he suffered ankle ligament damage against Arsenal.

The versatile Jones was stretchered off after 16 minutes of the 2-1 win over Arsenal.

The 19-year-old has been in and out of the side for the past month, having missed some of the Christmas period following a blow to the face and then being forced out of the Bolton match last weekend through injury.

"I think Jones will be out for a few weeks - it's ankle ligaments"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

And Ferguson told MUTV: "It's not good news for us. I think Jones will be out for a few weeks - it's ankle ligaments."

Ferguson also said Michael Carrick played on despite suffering from hamstring trouble at the Emirates, while Nani, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra also suffered knocks.

United went into the match at Arsenal without Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Michael Owen and long-term absentees Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic.

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Key Points

  • Phil Jones was forced off after just 16 minutes against Arsenal
  • Sir Alex Ferguson says he will be out for a few weeks
  • Michael Carrick played on with hamstring trouble during match