Phil Jones released by England after picking up injury in training clash with Chris Smalling

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Chris Smalling of England tackles Phil Jones of England in training
Image: Chris Smalling tackles Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones in England training

Manchester United are waiting on news of defender Phil Jones after he suffered an apparent toe injury in a training-ground tackle with Chris Smalling while with the England squad.

The 25-year-old will miss the friendly against Germany on Wednesday and the World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday as a result of the injury and was released back to United for treatment on the injury.

England also confirmed that there were no immediate plans to call up a replacement for Jones and manager Gareth Southgate would assess his defensive options with centre-back Gary Cahill suspended for the match against Lithuania at Wembley.

When asked about the severity of the injury, Southgate said: "Well, we don't know. We didn't feel it was an injury that we could treat and have him ready for the game tomorrow.

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"So, we have to respectfully send him back to the club and we'll know more once he has had a scan or an X-ray.

"It was an innocuous tackle and he caught the bottom of somebody's foot, so it's a possible injury to his toe. As I say, we'll know more over the next 24 to 48 hours."

Phil Jones will not feature for England in their forthcoming matches with Germany and Lithuania because of injury
Image: Phil Jones will not feature for England in their forthcoming matches

Raheem Sterling missed the session as he is on his own personal recovery plan following Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, however there were no concerns surrounding him.

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The returning Jermain Defoe, who has not played for England since 2013, and West Brom's Jake Livermore, looking for his first cap since 2012, also featured.

Southgate and his squad will fly out to Dortmund on Tuesday ahead of their clash against the reigning world champions at Signal Iduna Park.

England, who are yet to taste defeat under Southgate, are aiming to record successive wins over Germany for the first time since the 1930s having defeated Joachim Low's side 3-2 in a friendly last March.

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