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Blackburn's Phil Jones set for quick return from injury

Phil Jones
Jones had an operation on his knee injury in December

Blackburn defender Phil Jones could return to first-team action in March after recovering from knee surgery more quickly than expected.

The 18-year-old tore the cartilage in his right knee against West Ham in December and manager Steve Kean feared he would lose Jones for the season.

But Kean told the club website: "He's coming on quicker than we thought.

"Hopefully in three or four weeks he'll be available for selection. That is another great boost."

The centre-back is a regular for Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side and is highly rated at Ewood Park, having featured in 20 games for the club this season prior to his injury.

The defender was injured when he fell awkwardly in a challenge with West Ham striker Carlton Cole after coming on as a substitute and underwent keyhole surgery to repair his damaged cartilage.

"He was unfortunate to pick up the injury that he had, but he's a young man and he's healing quickly and that is something we are really looking forward to, getting him back in the fold," added Kean.

Once Jones return to fitness he will face a battle to displace either Chris Samba or Ryan Nelson.

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