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United's Jones fit to face Wigan

Manchester United have been boosted with the news that Phil Jones is fit to face Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day, but will still be without Ashley Young who is missing for several weeks.

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Jones was caught by a stray Clint Dempsey elbow in the 5-0 win against Fulham and had to be replaced after 20 minutes with fears that he could have a fractured jaw.

However, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the defender will be fit to play against the Latics.

"We have good news on Phil Jones: he should be okay for Monday," Ferguson said. "He has some swelling in his jaw but there's no break, no fracture, which is good news.

"We feared the worst because he lost his vision a bit in that period when he came back onto the field. Thankfully it's good news."

The prognosis was not so good for Young, though, who limped off midway through the second period at Craven Cottage with a knee injury sustained in a collision with Dickson Etuhu.

"It's not so good for Ashley Young," Ferguson added. "We're still waiting on some of the bleeding to go away, which is quite extensive at the moment. It was a sore one so he'll be out for a few weeks.

"Ashley was tripped as he went into the next tackle. He wasn't positioned to go into that next tackle - he was half-falling at the time. The second tackle was a hard tackle - not a bad tackle - it was just the way he went into Ashley. He's taken a real clump."

Rafael is in back in contention to play after completing 90 minutes for the reserves on Thursday, but Rio Ferdinand is not ready to face Wigan after a foot injury and joins long term absentees Michael Owen, Tom Cleverley and Anderson on the sidelines.


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