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Jones Has A Fitness Deadline

Manager Roy Hodgson has said that Manchester United's Phil Jones has a deadline of June 2nd to prove his fitness following ligament damage to his shoulder or he will be replaced in the 23 man squad by Everton's John Stones.

In quotes carried by the Independent with some question marks surrounding some of the picks given their fitness levels, Hodgson was adamant that Jones inclusion did have that caveat and should his fitness not be as required by the time that deadline comes around, he will have no concerns about bringing in Stones because he knows we cannot afford to carry players who aren't 100% fit especially with him already taking what many consider to be a brave risk, by selecting a more youthful set up.

Obviously it's already been announced that Jones didn't suffer a dislocation in the Hull game, which does at least give him a chance of being fit for Brazil, but it's still only a chance.

'John Stones will be Phil Jones' replacement if he isn't fit by 2 June. Stones and Flanagan will come to Portugal.'

Out of the others on the standby list, Andy Carroll is already off on holiday, and I'd assume with him name checking Stones and Flanagan, the others won't be travelling to the training camp either - at least at this stage.

Good to see Hodgson giving Jones his chance to get fit, but also moreso being proactive in this by ensuring that Stones is involved in our training and preparations so if needed he can slot in seamlessly.

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Date:Monday May 12 2014

Time: 9:25PM

 

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