Expert likens Man United injury news to 'horror' Aaron Ramsey injury
Manchester United defender Phil Jones will not be able to perform to his best until he recovers from the mental blow of being sidelined for so long.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine as well as data analysis.
On 19 September, The Times released an interview in which Jones revealed his recent struggles with mental health.
Jones spoke of how people would abuse him in the street as well as on social media as he came back from a long-term knee injury
Dinnery insists the mental side of recovery can be tougher than the physical side and claimed players can’t perform to their best until they fully recover.
“Sports psychology is massive,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
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“Can your body cope with the game? The tests may say so. But the mind may be telling you you aren’t 100%.
“Psychologically, the road to recovery is long and lonely. Ramsey at Arsenal, it took him three years to get back from that horrible injury.
“He was fully confident his leg could take that challenge. You have to be so confident to get back out there.
“If you want to keep going you have to be involved. There is also the recruitment and Man Utd and Jones will understand that.
“When the opportunity comes you have to take it, you can’t afford to slip up. You don’t know when that opportunity will come again.
“The psychological blow of that can be massive. His injury shouldn’t be near his thoughts.
“He has to focus on his goals and getting back into that team, or at least into the everyday life of the club.
“The mental side of the game is massive.”