Updates from Friday, March 7
David Moyes will have to do without Jonny Evans for another three weeks, according to the Mirror's David McDonnell:
Manchester United boss David Moyes has been dealt a fresh blow with Jonny Evans set to be sidelined for a further three weeks.
Moyes had hoped to have the defender fit again after more than a month out, but it seems Evans will be sidelined for a prolonged period.
The 25-year-old is set to miss most of this month, including games against Liverpool, Olympiakos and Manchester City.
Updates from Monday, Feb. 24
Jonny Evans looks unlikely to return to the Manchester United setup ahead of their Champions League first-leg clash with Olympiacos.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reports:
Inconsistency has plagued Manchester United all season long, and after losing defender Jonny Evans early in their Feb. 1 match against Stoke City, the Red Devils' uphill climb has gotten even steeper.
According to the Premier League on Twitter, Evans was forced from the game due to injury after just 10 minutes, and he was subsequently replaced by Rafael:
Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News is reporting that it is calf related.
Jonny Evans off and straight down the tunnel. Press box diagnosis is that it's his calf.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) February 1, 2014
David Moyes confirmed after the match that the injury was a calf strain, according to the team's official Twitter feed:
Moyes reveals Jonny Evans went off with a calf strain and Phil Jones suffered concussion but a scan has confirmed it's not a concern. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2014
Despite Manchester United's disjointed season, the 24-year-old Evans has been a revelation. His stellar play has been huge for United both defensively and offensively, so losing him for a significant period of time would be a major blow to the Red Devils' season.
Manchester United are six points out of a Champions League spot, so each and every match is of the utmost importance moving forward.
Evans understands that better than perhaps anyone. He essentially said that the time for talk is over following a win over Cardiff City, according to Manchester United's official website.
We can't keep saying every time we get a win that it is going to kick-start our season. We will only be able to do that in maybe five games' time. We need to make sure, especially at home, that we keep performing like that.
Evans' no-nonsense attitude is just what the doctor ordered for United, so it is highly unfortunate that he has been bitten by the injury bug. With that said, Rafael may be young, but he is capable of filling in effectively for Evans for as long as needed.
The Red Devils are used to dealing with injuries to impact players this season, and if Evans ends up missing any matches beyond this one, Manchester United must continue to press forward.
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