Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has this evening confirmed that defender Phil Jones will not be available for his side’s matchup with Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
The Red Devils are set to go head to head with the Seagulls on Saturday afternoon, as the club aim to keep pace with Manchester rivals City, who currently sit 8 points clear atop the Premier League table.
Mourinho’s men were handed a boost this past weekend versus Newcastle, as all of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo returned to first-team duties.
However, the injury-bug plaguing the club this season saw Phil Jones added to those on the treatment table last week, after the defender picked up a thigh injury whilst on international duty with England.
Speaking in the aftermath of Jones picking up his latest problem, Jose Mourinho sniped:
‘I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years I don’t have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly. Never. Never.’
‘I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches but a friendly — to get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I’ve never heard of that.’
The 25-year-old was expected to miss just his side’s clash with Newcastle at the weekend, but has since been ruled out of both tomorrow night’s Champions League tie with Basel and Saturday’s visit of Brighton to Old Trafford.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s Basel clash, Jose Mourinho confirmed the news, before once again taking aim at the FA:
‘Jones does not play tomorrow and I can say in advance he doesn’t play the weekend too.’
‘We were not informed about the injections.’
‘They communicated with our doctor to tell about a little problem in the knee at the start of the week, after that no contact.’
‘I don’t have to speak with Southgate, I just wish good and want him to be successful.’