Jones gives Fergie injury headache ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Phil Jones will not feature in Manchester United's Champions League clash against Real Madrid after the England defender missed training this morning.

Jones impressed in the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu last month to help the Red Devils head into the second leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday with a slender advantage.

However the 21-year-old will not be fit in time to feature in the last-16 tie after missing out on the first part of training this morning - having limped off with an ankle injury in Manchester United's FA Cup win over Reading two weeks ago.

There was better news for the Red Devils however after Rio Ferdinand took part in the session, putting to bed fears he could miss the showdown with Madrid.

Pseaking at his press conference this afternoon, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Jones had failed to recover from the knock in time and will miss the game altogether.

Interestingly, Real Madrid, who are set to train at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium this evening, opted to include Iker Casillas in their travelling squad for Tuesday's game.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been out since January with a fractured finger and was expected to miss both legs, but could be in contention to start at Old Trafford having returned to training on Thursday.

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