Manchester United defender Phil Jones has reportedly made a return to first team training. Jones hasn’t featured for United since suffering a knee ligament injury back in January but could be set to make a return to first team action in the coming weeks.
News of Jones return will come as a massive boost to manager Jose Mourinho who lost both Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to injury earlier this week.
According to the English tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail Jones has now made a return to first team training and could even be available for next week’s clash with Swansea City at the liberty stadium.
The 24-year-old’s future at Manchester United had been under intense scrutiny following the arrival of Jose Mourinho over the summer but the Portuguese decision to name Jones in his 25-man squad at the start of the season was a clear indicator that he still felt Jones has still had a future under him at Old Trafford.
The defender has endured a difficult time since joining United from Blackburn Rovers back in 2011 but with news of him finally making a return to training combined with the injuries to duo Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly gives Jones a real opportunity to impress Mourinho.
United’s defence has looked far from solid thus far and in Jones the Portuguese has a player on his hands who could potentially become the clubs’ first choice centre back for years to come. Few if any can deny just how potentially great of a defender Jones could be but his consistent injury’s combined with his kamikaze approach to defending has cost Jones dear in the past and it is that combination which he will no doubt have to sort out sooner rather than later or he will head towards the Old Trafford exit door.