Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones ruled out of Manchester United's visit to Saints (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones ruled out of Manchester United's visit to Saints
10:28am Friday 9th May 2014 in Sport
WAYNE Rooney and Phil Jones have been ruled out of Manchester United's trip to Saints on Sunday.
Jones, though, should be fit to go to the World Cup with England after his shoulder injury proved less serious than was feared, Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs said today.
Jones came off in the 16th minute of United's 3-1 win over Hull on Tuesday after a clash with Maynor Figueroa.
Giggs says Jones did not dislocate his left shoulder as had been the concern, and Giggs insists the defender can be selected in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, which will be announced on Monday.
"Phil's injury is not as bad as I thought it was on the night," Giggs said.
"He won't be available for Sunday (when United play Southampton), but he should be okay for the World Cup."
The news that Jones should be fit for the tournament in Brazil is a boost for England manager Roy Hodgson, who needs the Manchester United defender as cover for right-back as Kyle Walker is in danger of missing out due to a pelvic injury.
Hodgson, howver, will be concerned that star striker Rooney is still being troubled by a groin injury, although Giggs insists the player will be fit to fly to South America.
Rooney has missed the last two United games with the problem and he will not partake in the final match of the season at St Mary's.
"Wayne has just started training over the last couple of days and Sunday probably will come a bit too quick for him," Giggs said.
"But he will obviously be fine for the World Cup also."
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