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Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones close to comeback

Phil Jones
Jones has played largely in midfield this season

Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones is targeting the Lancashire derby with Blackpool on 19 March for his comeback.

The 19-year-old, who has made 32 appearances, has missed 11 matches after having knee surgery in December.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's going really well. I'm ahead of schedule. I was concerned that I'd done something worse than I actually did."

"They operated on it. It went really well, I'm ahead of schedule and I just can't wait to get back out there."

The England under-21 international was injured in the 1-1 draw against West Ham, the first match in charge for Rovers manager Steve Kean.

Jones said: "Hopefully I'll be back out [on the training pitch] next week doing the warm-up and maybe a bit of training.

"And, then the week after that I hope to be back out there training properly."

Jones recently signed a one-year contract extension, meaning he is now tied to Blackburn until the summer of 2016.

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