Why Phil Jones needed surgery on his knee injury

Manchester United have revealed that defender Phil Jones has suffered an injury set-back as he worked his way back to fitness after missing the start of his side’s Barclay’s Premier League campaign with a back injury.

An official statement from the Old Trafford side said

Phil Jones has had surgery on a knee meniscus tear sustained in training that will required six to eight weeks rehabilitation.

Jones suffered the initial back injury on pre-season tour which meant that he has played no part in Manchester United’s Barclay’s Premier League fixtures which have seen the red side of Manchester pick up two wins from their opening three matches.

Manchester United are also without Chris Smalling who is recovering from a metatarsal fracture, Wayne Rooney who suffered a nasty cut to his thigh which required treatment at hospital and Darren Fletcher who is still dealing with his bowel condition.  They did, however, receive some good news, as defender Jonny Evans came through his international match for Northern Ireland without suffering any ill effects.

The menisci in the knee are cartilage tissue that help to absorb shock to protect the knee joint from damage.  The most common way that a meniscus can be torn is by twisting the knee forcefully which results in swelling, pain and knee lock.  While some tears can heal by themselves, operations which trim, fix or even remove the meniscus are often advised.

Twisting the knee while the foot is on the ground is one of the main ways this injury occurs. Unfortunately, once the meniscal cartilage is torn it does not heal very well due to the poor blood supply it receives.  The centre of the meniscus has no direct blood supply meaning that larger tears, or tears which occur in the middle tend not to heal hence the need for surgery.

Manchester United are currently in third position on the Premier League injury table.

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