Manchester United central defender Phil Jones is expected to be out for at least three weeks after suffering from a mild case of thrombosis. United released a statement on Twitter on Saturday regarding the 23-year-old Englishman.
Phil Jones, who was not involved in today's matchday squad, has mild thrombosis and will be out for a minimum of three weeks. #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2015
Jones missed United’s 1-0 Premier League opening day victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. He did take part in United preseason tour in the United States during July, playing in all four preseason friendlies, and had been training in Manchester earlier in the week leading up to the game.
Thrombosis is clotting of the blood in a part of the circulatory system. Depending on the severity of the thrombosis, it can take a long time before Jones is back in action, but the club deemed it to be a mild case.
If Jones is out for three weeks, he will miss five games for United, including the home and away meeting with Club Brugge in the Champions League playoff qualifiers. He will miss games against Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Swansea City in the Premier League.
He could also miss out on being selected to the England squad for the European Championship Qualifying games against San Marino and Switzerland in early September. Jones has 17 caps for the English national team. Jones has been in the starting lineup in his last seven caps for England.
Chris Smalling and Daley Blind were the central defensive pairing for United in the game against Tottenham on opening day. Jones has played 128 games for United in all competitions since coming over from Blackburn Rovers in 2011.