Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says defender Phil Jones is set for up to four weeks on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
Jones pulled up in the second half of England’s 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Switzerland on Monday and he is now likely to be unavailable for a number of weeks.
“Phil has a torn hamstring,” Van Gaal said in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s league game. “He is maybe out for three weeks or a month.”
If recovery goes as expected for the England international, he could be available for the club’s trip to Everton on October 5. He is doubtful for United’s game at Leicester City and West Ham’s visit to Old Trafford, as well as England’s double-header against San Marino and Estonia in October.
United have been vulnerable in the defence so far this season, as the Dutch boss has lacked manpower to perfect the responsibilities of his three-man defence.
Ashley Young, who has been deployed as a wild wing in recent games, suffered a groin strain. The good news from Carrington is that Michael Carrick is back doing some light training following an ankle injury he suffered before the pre-season tour of the United States.
Luke Shaw is also back in training and could make his debut on Sunday, along with recent signings Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.
Van Gaal said nine of his players, including; “Chris Smalling, James Wilson, Sam Johnstone, Reece James, Jones and Jesse Lingard are out. Marouane Fellaini’s ankle injury will keep him out for “longer than a month” are unavailable for QPR’s visit.