The 23-year-old discovered the problem during the club’s pre-season tour of the U.S. and that forced him to miss the first six league games of the new campaign.
But Jones has returned to action as a substitute in the last two matches having endured the “frustration” of training alone to avoid any contact which could have made the blood clot in his leg spread to a more risky area.
“It was something that was completely out of control”, he said. It wasn’t a tackle or something stupid, it was just one of those things.
“I came off the tour and felt a tightness in my calves and had a scan on it and found a blood clot in my leg”.
“You have to just carry on your normal day and not to overload it too much and I couldn’t get contact on it. That could disperse it and then you are in trouble”. I was still fit and still mobile about the house and that was the frustrating thing, still walking around and trying to train and be fit. It was totally out of control.
No stranger to Champions League glory, Bastian Schweinsteiger, will make his return to the midfield and partner with Morgan Schneiderlin in front of the back four. The Spaniard has also assisted three league goals – more than any other player – and he, Blind and Chris Smalling are the only three players who have started all 11 games so far this season.
“I’m just buzzing to be back now and happy to be back in the fold”.
“Next week we have Arsenal away and I think it is one of the most hard teams to beat in the Premier League, but we won also past year there, so it is possible”. Everyone has to push on and progress.
This was a regulation victory over Dick Advocaat’s strugglers and it gave Van Gaal a spring in his step and all of the United family a boost, according to the Dutchman. The former Spurs man believes the Red Devils will have asked themselves “what have we got to be scared of” when it comes to upcoming matches against the big guns.
“There is a great bunch of lads here so we will keep upbeat and hopefully the win will come sooner or later”, the striker said. United central defender Phil Jones is fit again and feeling good.
War veteran Arthur Eade, 68, from Sunderland, was knocked down on the way to watch his beloved Manchester United play his home town team. He will notch a dozen goals and a dozen assists in the Premier League this season if he continues his run of fine form, and for that reason he is a player who can’t be dropped.
There have been times when the team have briefly hit first, including after David Moyes’ first game at Swansea or after the win at Aston Villa in the second game of this season, but this is the first time it has happened after rivals had played the same number of games.