In Brief: Jones could be out for rest of season

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The Blackburn defender Phil Jones underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee yesterday afternoon, the club have confirmed.

Jones came on as a substitute during Rovers' 1-1 draw with West Ham at Ewood Park on Saturday but lasted only 10 minutes before hobbling off after falling awkwardly in a challenge with Carlton Cole.

The 18-year-old had a scan on the knee on Sunday and it is feared he may be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Blackburn's club doctor, Phil Batty, said: "Phil has torn his lateral meniscus (cartilage), but there is no other damage in the knee."