Manchester United star Phil Jones will receive scan results today after being tested on his shins yesterday, according to Goal.com.
The England international - who missed the Red Devils' fixture with Premier League table-toppers Chelsea on Sunday - could miss this weekend's derby match, as Louis van Gaal's side travel to the Etihad to take on Premier League champions Manchester City.
Jones has endured a tricky start to this season, with injury playing its toll on him throughout the early stages of the campaign. After featuring against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday night, it would have come as a major blow for Jones to have missed Sunday's match, and he will be desperate to return in the immediate future.
On Jones' injury, Van Gaal previously told reporters: "He had a sore feeling in his shin. On Saturday he could not continue training, even though it was a very light session before the match," Louis van Gaal told reporters after the draw with Chelsea.
"He had shin splints, which is very painful. I don't know how long it will take [for him to recover]."
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It appears, then, that today will prove a crucial day for the centre-half, as he hopes for positive results after yesterday's tests. Even if Jones is declared fit, it remains to be seen as to whether Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal puts the player straight back into his side's starting XI for the Manchester City clash.
Options at the back
Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo impressed at centre-half against the physical presence of Didier Drogba on Sunday, so they could retain their places against Manuel Pellegrini's side. The Red Devils can also call upon the young duo of Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, but Van Gaal will be hoping his experienced stars are available to him as he looks to shut the door in the Manchester derby.
United have certainly looked fragile at the back at times this season, but were impressive against Chelsea on Sunday, and will be hoping to improve over the course of the season. Daley Blind's role at Old Trafford is now a crucial one, as the versatile Dutchman sits in front of the United back-four.
Will Jones kick on?
Jones, meanwhile, will be desperate to finally hold down a regular place in United's back-line after a number of tricky years behind the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the pecking order at the club.
Having starred at right-back and central-defensive midfield in the past couple of years, the former Blackburn Rovers star will be hoping to be a constant figure at the heart of the club's defence.
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