Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Reading on Monday evening was marred by the sight of Phil Jones leaving Old Trafford on crutches later on in the night.
Sire Alex Ferguson’s side guaranteed themselves a place in the next round of the tournament against either Middlesbrough or Chelsea thanks to second half strikes from Luis Nani and Javier Hernandez helped break down a resilient Reading, who ensured a there was a nervy ending with a late consolation from Jobi McAnuff.
It was a challenge with McAnuff that left Jones in agony, forcing the former Blackburn Rovers man to be replaced by Nani late in the first half. Jones provided an excellent performance in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, where he kept a close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo throughout the match, and United will be left to nervously wait to see if he will be available for the return leg at the start of March.
Ferguson is still unaware of the extent of the injury, but the Scot does not expect 20-year-old Jones to be in contention for the United’s Premier League trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
"We'll have to assess it in the morning," said Ferguson, Sky Sports report. "It's an ankle injury obviously so I'd imagine he'll not be ready for Saturday anyway.
"But we'll see what he's like after that."