Louis van Gaal: 'Phil Jones out with shin splints'

Phil Jones of Manchester United in action during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2013
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits that defender Phil Jones is suffering from shin splints, and cannot say when he will be fit again.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that defender Phil Jones missed Sunday's Premier League draw with Chelsea because of shin splints.

The England international made his United comeback after four games out with a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday, but didn't feature in the Old Trafford game against Jose Mourinho's charges, which finished 1-1.

Van Gaal told reporters after the game: "The match against West Brom was his first after a long injury period. We brought him back and he trained for more than a week with the first team, then had to play 90 minutes.

"Then he had a sore feeling in his shin. On Saturday he could not continue training, even though it was a very light session before the match. He had shin splints, which is very painful.

"I don't know how long it will take [for him to recover]."

Manchester United are currently eighth in the Premier League table.

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