Phil Jones made his first appearance of the season in the Premier League as he came off the bench in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
The 23-year-old defender missed the start of the season after being out with a mild case of thrombosis. Jones saw a specialist after United’s pre-season tour in the United States and a blood clot was found in his leg.
Jones told The Daily Mirror that it has been frustrating to watch the start of the season from the sideline.
“It was something that was completely out of control,” Jones said. “It wasn’t a tackle or something stupid, it was just one of them things.
“I came off the tour and felt a tightness in my calves and had a scan on it and found a blood clot in my leg. There is not much you can do.
“I was still fit and still mobile about the house and that was the frustrating thing, still walking around and trying to train and be fit but i couldn’t join in with the lads, because if you get contact it can travel up your leg and then you’re in trouble, so it’s very frustrating but it’s just one of them things. It was totally out of control.
“You have to just carry on your normal day and not to overload it too much and I couldn’t get contact on it. That could disperse it and then you are in trouble.
“I’m just buzzing to be back now and happy to be back in the fold. I got 20 minutes the other night, the same against Sunderland and hopefully I can get integrate my way back into the team.
“There’s always a chance in the game that I could get a kick on my calf or something. I saw the specialist and his advice was not to do it, so when things like that happen you can’t really ignore it. As much as I would like to, I couldn’t do it.
“It was training in the gym, getting fit like that and then slowly back out on the pitch and waiting for the tablets to work. Now I’m fit and fine. Touch wood I can stay fit and integrate my way back into the side.”