Manchester United star thankful he wasn't punched by Rooney

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Manchester United utility man Phil Jones has admitted he was afraid of being 'knocked out' by Wayne Rooney after leaving his club and international colleague with a horrific gash to his head earlier this season.

The pair were involved in a training ground collision in September that left Rooney sporting an almighty cut to his head, and resulted in the player withdrawing from England's meetings with Ukraine and Moldova.

Jones says he was concerned how his teammate would react after the incident, which required Rooney to wear a protective head-band for a number of weeks succeeding it, and was thankful that his apology was accepted.

"It was a bit clumsy from me," Jones told reporters.

"The first thing I did after training was to go and see how he was. To be fair, he took it well.

"He did not try to knock me out or anything. There were no verbals. I think he was more worried about his cut.

"I apologised and we had a laugh and a joke about it and he’s alright. It’s healed nicely."

Jones, meanwhile, could once again be utilised by England in central midfield this this week after excelling in this position for Manchester United in the weekend win over Arsenal.

The 21-year-old was able to shackle Mesut Özil for the first 45 minutes at Old Trafford, before being moved into the centre of defence following an injury to Nemanja Vidic.

Despite centre-back being Jones' natural position, he has played only six minutes in the heart of the England defence during eight appearances for his country.

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