Phil Jones.

Solskjaer provides Jones injury update

Sunday 09 August 2020 11:09

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why Phil Jones is not part of the squad that travelled to Germany on Sunday.

The centre-back has been sidelined with a knee problem since football resumed after the lockdown period. Although named in a 30-man squad for the Europa League, he will be unavailable when the Reds take on FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Following the arrival in Cologne, the manager will hold a press conference on Sunday evening (around 18:00 BST), when he could provide further details on his plans for the knock-out tie, which must be decided on the night.

"Phil has been following an individualised training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimise recovery from a knee problem," said Ole. "It was a good opportunity as we had sufficient cover in defensive positions for the remaining Premier League games and he will continue to work with a fitness coach at the Aon Training Complex, while the squad are in Germany."

Eric Bailly partnered skipper Harry Maguire in the 2-1 second-leg win over LASK last Wednesday, with Victor Lindelof rested, while Academy defender Teden Mengi came off the bench for his senior debut in the closing stages.

Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe remain on the sidelines but hopeful of returning at the start of the Premier League season next month.

Ole has a whole host of options to consider with Jesse Lingard strengthening his claims with a goal and Man-of-the-Match performance against LASK, while Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were introduced from the bench to good effect.

Victory over the Danes would set up a semi-final with Wolves or Sevilla next weekend.

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