Phil Jones has ankle scans with fitness for Real Madrid decider in doubt

The Manchester United defender had to be withdrawn before half-time against Reading and faces a race to be ready for the crunch Champions League second-leg fixture

By Paul Clennam

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is undergoing scans on Tuesday on an ankle injury sustained against Reading in the FA Cup, understands.

The youngster was forced to withdraw just before half-time at Old Trafford, with his replacement, Nani, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win, and the Red Devils are now sweating on his fitness ahead of their Champions League second-leg clash with Real Madrid.

A club insider told on Tuesday: “The hope is it’s an impact injury but he did not look too great last night.”

Jones left Old Trafford on crutches, with a protective boot on the affected foot, and is expected to be out of action for Saturday’s Premier League trip to QPR at least.

The former Blackburn starlet has a history of injuries at United, limping out of their 2-0 win over Everton earlier in February but returning in time to start the 1-1 draw with Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

His more serious medical problems have most recently included shingles but he also struggled with a back problem and had surgery on his knee in the early stages of the season.

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