Six. That is how many injections Phil Jones had before England’s friendly game against Germany, so as to be able to play. That is, according to Jose Mourinho, who blasted the FA and the medical team of the Three Lions for their choice to push the Manchester United defender that much.
I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years I don’t have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly. Never. Never
the Portuguese said in a Press conference, ahead of his team’s Premier League game against Newcastle United.
I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches but a friendly – to get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I’ve never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 25 minutes he was out and he is out [against Newcastle]
a furious Mourinho said.
I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn’t feel good during the warm up. Between the warm up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly
the Man United manager also said, indirectly denouncing the English FA for the treatment his player received while on international duty.