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The Manchester United defender had to be withdrawn before half-time against Reading and faces a race to be ready for the crunch Champions League second-leg fixture

By Paul Clennam

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is undergoing scans on Tuesday on an ankle injury sustained against Reading in the FA Cup, understands.

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The youngster was forced to withdraw just before half-time at Old Trafford, with his replacement, Nani, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win, and the Red Devils are now sweating on his fitness ahead of their Champions League second-leg clash with Real Madrid.

A club insider told on Tuesday: "The hope is it's an impact injury but he did not look too great last night."

Jones left Old Trafford on crutches, with a protective boot on the affected foot, and is expected to be out of action for Saturday's Premier League trip to QPR at least.

The former Blackburn starlet has a history of injuries at United, limping out of their 2-0 win over Everton earlier in February but returning in time to start the 1-1 draw with Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

His more serious medical problems have most recently included shingles but he also struggled with a back problem and had surgery on his knee in the early stages of the season.