Phil Jones a World Cup doubt after suspected dislocated shoulder
England utility man Phil Jones is in danger of missing the World Cup finals, after the Manchester United star sustained a reported dislocated shoulder in the penultimate match of the Premier League season.
Jones, who was odds-on at 4/9 with Coral to make Roy Hodgson’s 23-man roster for Brazil, came off midway through the first-half of a 3-1 Old Trafford victory over FA Cup finalists Hull City. He was hurt in a mid-air collision with Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa.
Former Blackburn Rovers player Jones was seen leaving United’s ground with his arm in a sling and was taken to hospital for X-rays. If these confirm the injury is more serious than first feared, namely if his shoulder is fractured, then he will definitely miss the World Cup.
Three Lions boss Hodgson names his preliminary squad for the finals on May 12th, and could still select Jones, if the prognosis of a dislocation is correct as there would still be a chance of him making Brazil.
Injuries have ravaged 22-year-old Jones’ career. He is a versatile asset for both club and country, capable of operating at centre half, right back and in midfield.
England already have a substantial injury list with forwards Jay Rodriguez, Andros Townsend and Jay Rodriguez all definitely out of the World Cup. Tottenham right back Kyle Walker is also a major doubt after missing two months with a hip and groin problems.
Hodgson is expected to take Gary Cahill (1/20) and Phil Jagielka (1/7) to Brazil as his first-choice centre half pairing, with Jones’ Red Devils teammate Chris Smalling (1/2) as backup.
Coral have cut the odds on uncapped pair Jon Flanagan (3/1) and John Stones (5/1) making the World Cup squad, while Cardiff City captain Steven Caulker (also 5/1) and the experienced Joleon Lescott (7/1) could also be called upon.
England have been drawn in World Cup Group D with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Hodgson’s side are 28/1 shots to win the tournament.