Phil Jones doubtful for Manchester United’s clash against Real Madrid due to shingles

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has confirmed the defender is currently sidelined because of the virus, potentially ruling him out of the Red Devils’ upcoming games
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is a doubt for the upcoming matches against Everton and Real Madrid after being sidelined with shingles.

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has confirmed the former Blackburn Rovers man misses their match against Sweden on Tuesday evening because of the virus.

Pearce told reporters: "Jones picked up shingles and there's not a lot we can do about it.

"It's a shame because it makes us stronger when Phil's here, that's for sure. But it gives someone else a chance."

Jones did not feature in United’s 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday after impressing in recent weeks.

The symptoms tend to last for at least two weeks - which would mean he would potentially be forced to miss the Red Devils’ home match against Everton on Sunday as well as their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday 13.