Phil Jones faces fitness race to make Real return

Jones has struggled with a variety of injury problems since joining from Blackburn in 2011. Former United captain Bryan Robson has commented on Jones' tackling style, saying that he had a similar approach, which resulted in plenty of injuries during his own career.

updated: February 21, 2013 17:42 IST
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Manchester: Alex Ferguson revealed on Thursday that Manchester United defender Phil Jones has only a slim chance of being fit for his side's decisive Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

Jones suffered an ankle injury during Monday's FA Cup win over Reading and Ferguson admitted the England international will miss Saturday's trip to QPR and faces a battle to recover in time for the last 16 second leg clash against Jose Mourinho's Madrid on March 5.

The 21-year-old is having intense treatment in the hope of being available for the Old Trafford encounter, which United will go into as slight favourites after a 1-1 draw in Spain last week.

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