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Jones on course for Utd return

ESPN staff
March 29, 2013

Phil Jones is set to be available for Manchester United's Premier League and FA Cup double-header this weekend, according to the Guardian.

United face the prospect of playing two games in three days, with a trip to Sunderland in the league on Saturday before taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Monday's FA Cup quarter-final replay.

Jones has been sidelined since February after damaging his ankle ligaments in his side's 2-1 FA Cup win against Reading.

"Phil Jones should start training next week. He is coming on," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said after the club's last match also against Reading on March 16.

Ferguson will be able to welcome back Paul Scholes this weekend as well after he recovered from a knee injury.

Scholes has been out of action for over two months since he injured his knee during the 4-1 FA Cup win against Fulham in January.

"I am also delighted to say that Paul Scholes is back in training, and he will play a part in keeping us fresh," Ferguson wrote in his programme notes ahead of the Reading game.

The United boss also added in his notes that the squad's strength in depth is likely to prove vital as the club target a league and FA Cup double.

He wrote: "The players who will miss the international trips like [Ryan] Giggs, Anderson, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Alexander] Buttner and Rafa [Da Silva] will be key players in the run-in."

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