Jones hands United injury boost


Manchester United defender Phil Jones will be available for the Boxing Day visit of Wigan Athletic after scans revealed he hadn't suffered a broken jaw during Wednesday night's victory over Fulham.

The 19-year-old was replaced mid-way through the first-half at Craven Cottage after being caught by Clint Dempsey.

Fears were rife that Jones would miss United's festive fixtures and a significant period of the New Year schedule, but the versatile summer signing has been cleared to feature.

"We have good news on Phil Jones: he should be okay for Monday," Sir Alex Ferguson said. "He has some swelling in his jaw but there's no break, no fracture, which is good news.

"We feared the worst because he lost his vision a bit in that period when he came back onto the field. Thankfully it's good news."

Jones has avoided joining an injury list that includes midfielder Darren Fletcher and captain Nemanja Vidic, both of whom are unlikely to play again this season.

However, the news concerning another of United's summer signings, Ashley Young, isn't as positive, with the 26-year-old expected to be out until late January.

"It's not so good for Ashley Young," Ferguson added. "We're still waiting on some of the bleeding to go away, which is quite extensive at the moment. It was a sore one so he'll be out for a few weeks.

"Ashley was tripped as he went into the next tackle. He wasn't positioned to go into that next tackle – he was half-falling at the time.

"The second tackle was a hard tackle – not a bad tackle – it was just the way he went into Ashley. He's taken a real clump."

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