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A period of rest failed to deal with the 20-year-old's muscle problem and he is likely to miss the start of the season as the club try to get to the bottom of the issue

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By Greg Stobart

Manchester United defender Phil Jones will undergo scans this week on his troublesome back injury, Goal.com has learned.

Jones is a major doubt for the Reds’ Premier League opener against Everton next Monday as the club struggle to diagnose the problem.

The 20-year-old was sent home from United's pre-season tour of Norway for a period of rest and relaxation in the hope that the injury would settle down.

But Jones is still in discomfort and his side are now taking steps to get to the bottom of the problem, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson lacking central defensive options ahead of the start of the new season.

Nemanja Vidic is coming back from a long-term knee injury and is unlikely to feature against the Toffees, while Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are out of action with ankle and foot injuries respectively.

Jones, who can also play at right-back or in midfield, signed for Manchester United from Blackburn last summer in a £16.5 million (20.9m) deal and made 40 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Old Trafford.

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