Despite initial reports that Jonny Evans had come through his game for Northern Ireland against Russia unscathed it seems as if the player has picked up an ankle injury which could rule him out of his country’s second World Cup qualifier.
The Manchester United defender suffered an ankle injury during the summer and had to undergo an operation after he picked up what was believed to have been an innocuous injury towards the end of Manchester United Premier League campaign last season. Evans missed the last three games of Manchester United’s season and only returned to the United side against Fulham at Old Trafford this season when he was named on the bench.
Speaking about this latest knock, Evans said
“I have only played one reserve game this season after having the surgery in the summer so, to be honest, it was just good to get back on the pitch.
“But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on for the second half.
“I was disappointed I felt pain so quickly in the game but if I am being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain – just not that early.
“After a couple of painkillers it did feel a bit better and if anything I felt stronger as the game went on, but like I say, I had a heavier strapping on then.”
Manchester United, who are currently without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, will no doubt not wish to see any risks taken with the defender and it is unlikely that Sir Alex Ferguson will be too impressed that Evans felt the injury in the first half, causing him to limp off at the break, but then went on to complete the match.
[UPDATE 20.36 The BBC are reporting that Jonny Evans has been passed fit to play for Northern Ireland against Luxembourg]by