Phil Jones in training ahead of Everton clash

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Phil Jones is set to return to action for Manchester United this weekend as the Red Devils play host to Everton in the Premier League.

This has been reported by the Telegraph, who have suggested that the centre-half is back in training after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty for England last month. 

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Defensive problems

And now, it appears that Jones - who has missed United's last few fixtures - will be handed a starting role at Old Trafford on Sunday. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has endured an injury nightmare of late, with the likes of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling also being on the sidelines. 

In fact, against West Ham United this weekend, Van Gaal had to call up youngster Paddy McNair to the first team after Tyler Blackett also missed the game through suspension. Tom Thorpe also came on in the dying minutes to make his debut for the club. 

Despite only conceding once against the Hammers, United have had some poor defensive displays this term, having shipped four goals against MK Dons and five goals against Premier League new-boys Leicester City.

Jones, however, started the season extremely well before his injury lay-off. The defender was in fact named the club's Player of the Month for August, so will be hoping to find his best top form upon his return. 

Huge game

And, United's defenders will have to be at the top of their game this weekend, with Romelu Lukaku set to start for the Toffees. Despite Everton's poor start to the season, the Merseyside outfit will head into the match in confident mood after securing a point at Anfield this past weekend. 

Roberto Martinez's side secured all three points at the Theatre of Dreams last term, and will be hoping for a repeat this time around. Manchester United, meanwhile, will head into the game without their captain Wayne Rooney after he was sent off against West Ham on Saturday. 

Juan Mata, then, could return to the starting XI as United look to make it back-to-back Premier League victories. 

Manchester United fans: How important will Jones be to your side this season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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