Manchester United had yet another setback as Phil Jones is ruled out for up to eight weeks. The England International suffered the injury in training earlier this week. Jones was not a part of United's pre-season as the player picked up a back problem that ruled him out for the club's pre-season tour.

A statement from the club said: "Phil Jones has had surgery on a knee meniscus tear sustained in training that will require six to eight weeks' rehabilitation."

The 20-year-old has yet to make an appearance for United this season. Now the player could be sidelined till November who was expecting to make a comeback end of September or early October.

Earlier Jones's back problem had already sidelined him from United's opening games of the season and England's World Cup qualifying matches. With the latest setback for England's defender, Jones could miss United's at least three Champions League fixtures and United's key Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

United are already without their defender Chris Smalling with a broken metatarsal. Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand have recently returned to training with Ferdinand starting for United in last week's fixture against Southampton. Brazilian right back Rafael Da Silva will be keeping his position in starting XI at least till Smalling makes a return to regular football.