Manchester United have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of the club’s Champions League clash with FC Basel. This was confirmed by Jose Mourinho, who revealed during a press conference that Phil Jones, who was injured on national team duty with England during the last international break, will miss the next two games.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender will miss the clash against Basel today according to Mourinho, as well as the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend as a result of a thigh injury. Jones was injured in England’s friendly match against Germany last week and has been sidelined since.
England manager Gareth Southgate claimed the injury was a minor one after the game, but Jones has unfortunately not been able to play for the Red Devils since the international break. He missed the 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United last Saturday.
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Mourinho will also not be able to call upon the duo of Michael Carrick and Eric Bailly for the match against the Swiss as both men are still nursing injury. The trio of Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia will also be missing the match, more due to Mourinho choosing to leave them out of the travelling squad, rather than because of injury.
United needs a draw in their last two group game matches in the Champions League to qualify for the second round of the competition. They won their first four games in the group.