Man United star lifts lid on ‘frightening’ injury

Phil Jones admits that his blood clot problem was a disturbing affair for the Manchester United defender

Phil Jones has admitted that he was left frightened when he learned that he had a blot clot in his calf before the start of the season.

The England international missed the opening few games of the campaign after the problem was first noticed during pre-season and returned again before the start of the Premier League.

Jones approached the club doctor about persistent tightness in his calf and a scan eventually revealed that the defender had a blood clot in the muscle as he was ruled out of action for six weeks.

The defender has since made a full recovery and has featured seven times for Louis van Gaal’s men so far this season.

However, Jones admits that the ordeal was disturbing at first.

Jones told the Daily Mirror: “It was pretty frightening at first at least until I found out the extent of the injury. And then it was just about doing the right thing, and recovering well and making sure it went.

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“It happened in pre season against Barcelona and I just felt some tightness in my calf and it kept coming and didn’t go away. I thought nothing of it at first. We got back to England but a couple of days before we played Tottenham in the first game of the season I felt it again.

“I just said to the doctor at United ‘it’s just not going away’. So we had a scan then and discovered there was a blood clot in the calf.

“It is what it is. You can’t change that. It’s not from the tackle or a stupid injury, it was just a freak incident, just a freak thing. Now I’m on a blood thinning tablet.”

Jones will be expecting to feature when United return to Premier League action with a trip to Watford after the international break next weekend.

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