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World Cup boost for Jones

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs is confident Phil Jones will be fit to take his place in England's World Cup squad.

The former Blackburn defender came off in the 16th minute of United's 3-1 win over Hull City on Tuesday after a clash with Maynor Figueroa.

Giggs says Jones did not dislocate his left shoulder as had been the concern, insisting he can now be selected in Roy Hodgson's party for Brazil, which will be announced on Monday.

"Phil's injury is not as bad as I thought it was on the night," Giggs said.

"He won't be available for Sunday against Southampton, but should be okay for the World Cup."

The news that Jones should be ready is a boost for England coach Hodgson, who needs cover for right-back as Tottenham's Kyle Walker, who has been assessed by England's medical team, is in danger of missing out due to a pelvic injury.

Hodgson will be concerned that star forward Wayne Rooney is still being troubled by a groin injury, although Giggs insisted the player would be fit to fly to South America.

Rooney has missed the last two United games with the problem and he will not play in the final match of the season, Giggs' fourth and likely final fixture in temporary charge at United.

"Wayne has just started training over the last couple of days and Sunday probably will come a bit too quick for him," Giggs said. "But he will obviously be fine for the World Cup also."

Louis van Gaal, the overwhelming favourite for the full-time managerial position, said this week he would "love" to take charge at Old Trafford.

Giggs, scheduled to meet executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Friday, is no nearer to deciding what he will do next season.

"My stance is not any different to what it was last week," the Welshman said. "Obviously there is huge speculation, but nothing has been announced yet and my job is to prepare the team for Southampton.

"I am sure there will be an announcement soon and maybe I can comment on it then, but at the moment it is just speculation and there is nothing I can say.

"Obviously it has been a difficult season for everyone and when the management situation gets sorted out then we can move on. Like I said, that will probably be in the next couple of weeks."