Ferguson relief after Jones fears allayed

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson received a welcome boost today after it was confirmed Phil Jones had not suffered a fractured cheekbone against Fulham. England international Jones was forced to leave the field after 20 minutes of Wednesday's 5-0 rout of the Cottagers following a heavy aerial collision.

Jones underwent a scan on yesterday and it had been feared the defender had suffered a broken cheekbone in the clash. However after no serious damage was revealed Jones could now be fit to face Wigan at Old Trafford in Monday's Boxing Day programme. "Phil Jones should be okay for Monday," Ferguson said. "We feared the worst but there is no break."

However Ferguson revealed Ashley Young faced "a few weeks" on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury against Fulham. Defender Rio Ferdinand is also likely to miss Monday's game after injuring a foot in training. "It's not so good about Ashley Young because he's going to be out for a few weeks. We're still waiting for some of the bleeding to go away, which is quite extensive at the moment," Ferguson said.

Ferguson praised his squad for taking the club's injury problems in their stride. "The squad at the moment has handled the situation quite well and their form has been really good so I'm pleased with that and we're looking like scoring goals again which is terrific," Ferguson said.