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United and England wait on Jones

ESPN staff
May 7, 2014
Phil Jones came off injured in the first half against Hull © Getty Images

Manchester United are waiting to discover the severity of Phil Jones' shoulder injury amid fears that the England defender will miss the World Cup.

The versatile Jones was substituted in United's 3-1 win over Hull after a collision with Hull defender Maynor Figueroa and left Old Trafford in an ambulance.

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"He has gone to hospital. We will just have to assess it and see how it goes but it didn't look great," United interim manager Ryan Giggs said.

"By his reaction, he knew he had done something and he wanted to come off. Usually as a player you know that something is not great when you do that.

"He asked to be substituted straight away. Whether it is a precaution, but hopefully it is not too bad."

Jones, 22, who has won nine caps for England, was expected to be a member of Roy Hodgson's squad for the summer tournament in Brazil.

While Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka have been the first-choice central defenders in qualifying, Jones' ability to play right-back and in midfield had made him a useful squad member.

Jones has helped United look to the future with some of their old guard in defence expected to leave and Giggs explained why he omitted Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra from United's match-day squad for what could have been their final games at Old Trafford.

Both are out of contract in the summer and could depart, but whereas the Nemanja Vidic, who will join Inter Milan, was granted a farewell, neither Ferdinand nor Evra featured.

Giggs said: "Patrice has had this bug a few of the other lads had, so I think the doctor told him to stay away.

"It is all organised for Sunday for Rio's kids to be mascots. We tried to plan that with different permutations. Nemanja we knew was leaving, Rio and Patrice we don't know, but Rio was fine with playing on Sunday."

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