Despite thinking that he might make Manchester United’s next match against Fulham at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the player will not be fit to return as he has suffered a setback in training from his ankle injury.
Speaking to the press ahead of the weekend’s clash, Ferguson said
Defenders have been having more injuries that the forward in recent years. It is strange. You would think it was the other way around. We have a strong squad and we are going to use it. There will be opportunities for everyone to share in that and contribute to whatever we achieve this season.
Phil Jones has started training. Chris Smalling is long term. Rio, I think, will be ready for next week. Evans was doing well but felt it in training on Sunday and hasn’t trained since. I’m not sure whether that is long term or a shirt-term setback.
Jonny Evans suffered what was at first thought to be an innocuous injury at the end of last season which saw him miss the last three of Manchester United’s games however the injury turned out to be more serious and required an operation. Evans missed all of United’s pre season and had only recently returned to first team training after some time undergoing light training.
[UPDATE 14.27: Despite this news being released yesterday, Jonny Evans was named on the Manchester United bench for their game against Fulham.]by