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Phil Jones could be out for three weeks

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones could be out of action for up to three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty for England, reports the Daily Mail.  

The centre-half had to be replaced after 77 minutes in Basel by Everton defender Phil Jagielka, and now it appears that the Red Devils defender will be out of action for some time. 

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Early fears 

The news of Jones' injury will certainly come as a major blow for United boss Louis van Gaal, but he will take satisfaction out of the fact that the defender isn't out for an even longer period of time. 

After all, it was first feared that Jones was going to be out of action for up to a month, so fans will be hoping to see him back in the first-team set up sooner rather than later. 

QPR clash 

It now remains to be seen as to who will replace him against Premier League new-boys QPR on Sunday. Argentine defender Marcos Rojo - who has now received his work permit - is in line to make his debut for the club, and could slot into a back-three at the Theatre of Dreams. 

The likes of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and youngster Tyler Blackett will also be hoping to make Van Gaal's starting XI against the Hoops. The Red Devils will certainly be hoping to improve in defence after a shaky start to the season which has seen them concede seven goals in their opening four fixtures. 

Debuts 

And, as well as Rojo, United boss Van Gaal could hand three other players their first-debuts this weekend. Teenager Luke Shaw could start at left-wing back, whilst versatile Dutchman Daley Blind and Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao will also be hoping to featue.

Former Real Madrid star Angel di Maria could also feature for the first time at Old Trafford in the red shirt of Manchester United, whilst fellow summer signing Ander Herrera will be hoping to start after recovering from injury.

Manchester United will be desperate to secure the three points this weekend, as Louis van Gaal goes in search of his first competitive victory as manager of the club.

United fans: Do you think you will miss Jones this weekend? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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