Jonny Evans is the latest Manchester United player to suffer an injury problem. With the defender reportedly still battling a thigh problem, he could miss United's match against Newcastle United in the English Premier League this weekend.
According to The Guardian, Evans picked up a dead leg in the Red Devils' loss to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend in the Premier League. He played 79 minutes in his team's Champions League win against CFR Cluj on Wednesday before being substituted for Scott Wootton late in the match.
However, according to comments made by manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the match (per The Telegraph), Evans is still battling the thigh injury and is not yet fit for the Red Devils very difficult fixture in the Premier League this weekend.
"Jonny got injured on Saturday with a dead leg.
He's got five days to recover for Sunday [against Newcaslte United] and hopefully he'll be okay..."
The news is of grave concern for United, who are already facing a defensive crisis with several players unavailable due to injury—both long-term and short-term.
Captain Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones are both long-term omissions for the Red Devils due to knee injures, whilst Chris Smalling is still yet to recover from his broken metatarsal (per The Guardian). If Evans is added to that list, Sir Alex Ferguson will have a very difficult situation on his hands ahead of Sunday's huge match against Newcastle United.
The trek up north is one of the more difficult road trips to take in the Premier League and without several of his key defenders, Ferguson may be forced to play youngster Wootton for his first-ever Premier League start.
United have been fragile defensively so far this season—perhaps understandable given their injuries and the absence of key players—but with several important fixtures upcoming, the Red Devils need their best team on the pitch as soon as possible.
In the next month, they play away matches to Newcastle and Chelsea in the Premier League and Chelsea again in the Capital One Cup. Considering additional home fixtures to Stoke City and Arsenal, the Red Devils have an important month of football upcoming if they are to succeed in the 2012-13 Premier League season.
Information on Evans' availability for the trip to Newcastle is still unknown—a decision will likely be made by the club later in the week.
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