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Manchester United's Phil Jones a doubt for the World Cup

Manchester United's Phil Jones a doubt for the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury vs. Hull City last night.

Phil Jones suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the hospital

Phil Jones suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the hospital

England’s preparation for the World Cup in Brazil have hit another road block with the news that Phil Jones might not be able to make in time for Brazil. Early into Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Hull City, the center half was substituted after a collision with Maynor Figueroa, as he went to head the ball. Soon afterwards, Jones was taken to hospital for an x-ray on a suspected dislocated shoulder that may just rule him out of next month’s World Cup.

With initial scans proving inconclusive, Jones now faces a nervous wait to discover whether the injury is serious enough to keep him out of Roy Hodgson’s 30-man preliminary squad which will be announced on Monday. Given his ability to play in both midfield and in defense, his loss will surely be a bad blow for both Hodgson and England as they look to set the record straight, in Brazil.

On being asked about the injury, interim United manager Ryan Giggs said: “He has gone to hospital – we will just have to assess it and see how it goes but it didn’t look great. Just 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.”

On being questioned about whether Jones will be available for selection for the World Cup, Giggs said: “I don’t know. The reaction, he asked to be substituted straight away. Whether it is precaution [I don't know] but hopefully it is not too bad.”

You can be sure that England fans will be anxiously waiting with bated breath, hoping that one of the side’s key defenders stay fit for next summer’s showpiece event.

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