English Premiership

Jones dispute injury tag

2014-12-17 14:01
Phil Jones (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester United defender Phil Jones is unhappy with those that have labeled him as an injury problem.

The Mirror report that Phil Jones has defended his fitness record amidst his reputation for consistently picking up injuries. 

Jones made only his fifth appearance for Manchester United on Sunday against Liverpool following spells on the sidelines with a hamstring and shin splits.

“I started the pre-season and played every single game and every single training session." said the England international.

“Then, on international duty, I pulled my hamstring. I have never had a muscle injury in my life, so it was disappointing.

“When I was coming back, I then had shin splints. I didn’t go into training that morning and say, ‘I want to get injured’. It is just the way it has been and it has been unfortunate.

 “I could stand here and list 10 players who are always out injured, and that is just the nature of football. People don’t wake up one morning and say ‘I fancy being injured today’. It’s just the way it is.

"My aim right now is to stay fit and stay focused, and get a run of games under my belt.”

Manchester United will aim to extend their six game winning run when they travel to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

13th-placed Aston Villa host the Red Devils at Villa Park at 17:00.

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