Phil Jones doubtful for Manchester United's tie with Real Madrid due to shingles
Phil Jones looks set to miss Manchester United's clash with Real Madrid next week after being struck down by shingles.
Last Updated: 05/02/13 8:02am
The 20-year-old defender has already withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad ahead of Wednesday's game with Sweden in Walsall.
Jones was unavailable for United's match at Fulham on Saturday and England U-21 manager Stuart Pearce said: "Jones picked up shingles and there's not a lot we can do about it.
"It's a shame because it makes us stronger when Phil's here, that's for sure. But it gives someone else a chance."
A similar virus to chicken-pox, shingles is relatively common and the symptoms last for at least a fortnight which will probably mean he will miss next Wednesday's first leg clash in Madrid.
The second leg of the last-16 tie is at Old Trafford on March 5.