Phil Jones sits out Manchester United training for Real Madrid showdown

Phil Jones a doubt for Real clash. Photo: PA

Phil Jones missed the open section of Manchester United training at Carrington this morning ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

Jones has been a fitness doubt after injuring his ankle in the FA Cup win over Reading a fortnight ago, although manager Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to give the England man every chance of making the last 16 second-leg clash at Old Trafford.

Jones' absence is not necessarily an absolute indicator of his chances of facing Jose Mourinho's men, although clearly it is not a positive situation either.

With Jonny Evans training on his own at the start of the session rather than involving himself in the normal keep-ball routines, Ferguson drafted in two reserve-team players to make up the numbers. Former Charlton trainee Sean McGinty and midfielder Luke Hendrie were the lucky players, but it would be a major surprise if either played any part tomorrow.

Club director Avi Glazer was also present as the build-up to one of the most eagerly-anticipated European games stepped up a notch.