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Phil Jones doubtful for Manchester United's tie with Real Madrid due to shingles

Phil Jones: Manchester United defender is suffering from shingles

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Phil Jones looks set to miss Manchester United's Champions League clash against Real Madrid next week after being struck down by a bout of shingles.

The 20-year-old defender has already withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad ahead of Wednesday's game with Sweden in Walsall.

Jones was unavailable for United's match at Fulham on Saturday and England U-21 manager Stuart Pearce said: "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."

A similar virus to chicken-pox, shingles is relatively common and the symptoms last for at least a fortnight which will probably mean he will miss next Wednesday's first leg clash in Madrid.

The second leg of the last-16 tie is at Old Trafford on March 5.