United’s Jones ruled out for Real Madrid clash

Updated: March 4, 2013

Manchester United manager Sir Alex
Ferguson confirmed on Monday that defender Phil Jones will miss the second leg
of the club’s UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Jones suffered an ankle injury in a fifth round FA Cup victory over Reading on
Feb. 18 and has not recovered well enough to face Real at Old Trafford on

“Phil’s not fit and won’t be fit for tomorrow,” Ferguson said. “I think his
performance over there has been absolutely excellent. It’s a miss but we can’t
see it as something we can’t manage. We’ve got options and hopefully we’ll get
that right.”