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24/02/2014 18:18, Report by Mark Froggatt

Moyes: Jones and Evans out

Phil Jones and Jonny Evans have not travelled to Greece for Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 encounter with Olympiacos.

The two defenders have both been absent since sustaining injuries during the Reds’ 2-1 defeat at Stoke City on 1 February. Specifically, Jones suffered a concussion following a collision with Jonathan Walters at the Britannia while Evans picked up a hamstring strain.

During a press conference in Athens on Monday evening, David Moyes confirmed the pair’s absence from the travelling party and explained why he is looking forward to facing the Greek Super League leaders at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

“Jones and Evans haven't travelled. Everybody else is here,” the boss told reporters. “I'm looking forward to the game. I was fortunate to watch Arsenal and Bayern Munich and I really enjoy Champions League games. 

“To get through was first and foremost important. To win the group was an added edge. Now I'm looking forward to this one. It's a really tough game, Olympiacos have a good record here and we know, over the tie, we'll have to play well to qualify.

"Olympiacos did very well against PSG and Benfica. They came through a difficult group, they have a great home record here. We know it will be a difficult night. They have a big support. It's far from an easy match."

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