The troubled season Phil Jones is experiencing seems set to continue.
Having already missed large chunks of it through injury, Jones has been sent home from the England U21 camp after it was revealed he`d been suffering from shingles.
The infection, known as adult chicken-pox, is caused by the herps zoster virus and could take a month to clear.
The immediate concerns, within the Manchester United camp, are that Jones will not be available for the forthcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid, a game where Sir Alex Ferguson would like as many of his players as possible to be available for selection.
Speaking about Jones having to withdraw from the U21 squad, Stuart Pearce has commented,
"It`s a shame. You want your good players to be here."
"But Phil has picked up shingles and there`s not a lot we can do about it."
Quite ironic that Sir Alex lambasted his selection for the U21 squad believing that he should have been in the full squad.