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Saturday 08 September 2012

Fresh injury blow for United defender Jones

England defender faces up to eight weeks out after having surgery on a knee

Phil Jones has yet to appear for United this season

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

The 20-year-old suffered the injury in training this week and a scan confirmed he needs a long period of rehabilitation.

"Phil Jones has had surgery on a knee meniscus tear sustained in training that will require six to eight weeks' rehabilitation," a club statement said.

The England defender has yet to make an appearance this season. After an extensive break following Euro 2012, a back injury that prevented Jones playing any part in pre-season.

He missed United's opening three Barclays Premier League games and the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign, but Jones' return to training was supposed to be the prelude to his comeback.

The injury means he will miss England's next two qualifiers against San Marino and Poland next month, while for United though, he is ruled out of matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as the opening three Champions League group matches.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United defender has surgery on injured knee
  • Jones missed pre-season because of a back injury
  • 20-year-old to miss key Premier League and Champions League matches