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FA left us in the dark over Jones' injections, says angry Mourinho

By Simon Peach

Jose Mourinho aimed a fresh swipe at England after claiming Manchester United were not informed about Phil Jones' pain-killing injections.

Tensions have bubbled between club and country after the in-form defender was forced to return from international duty through injury.

Jones reported for England with a thigh problem that had been managed for a number of weeks, only to be forced off midway through the first half of the goalless draw with Germany.

The 25-year-old felt discomfort in his left thigh, ruling him out of Saturday's win against Newcastle as Mourinho claimed the centre-back had six injections to play the friendly.

The United boss again took aim at the FA after ruling Jones out of tonight's Champions League match at Basel and this weekend's Premier League tie at home to Brighton.

Asked if he had spoken to England manager Gareth Southgate and if he wanted to, Mourinho said: "No. I think it's a conversation for doctors.

"I just get information from my doctor, and the information from my doctor was that they consulted him in relation to Phil Jones with a little problem in the knee.

"But then there was no more contact. The local injections before the match, we were not informed (about).

"Apart from that, I don't have to speak with Southgate. I just wish (him) well and want him to be successful.

"Our injuries from the national team are real. Jones won't play tomorrow and won't play at the weekend either, so you can say that it is a proper injury."

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