Evans expects to go under the knife

21 August 2009 05:39
Jonny Evans has revealed he will probably need an operation to solve an ankle problem that has plagued him since Christmas. [LNB] It has not been decided when the young Manchester United defender will have surgery but Evans knows he cannot carry on playing with pain-killers forever. [LNB] "At some point my ankle will need surgery," said the 22-year-old. "It is a problem that has been bothering me since Christmas. We thought it might have gone away over the summer but it is still there."[LNB] He added: "Every now and again I catch it and it will be quite sore for a while. Then the pain dies off after a week or so." [LNB] As a short-term measure, the anaesthetic seems to be working. [LNB] The Northern Ireland star was able to get through 34 games last season - including the Carling Cup final - and the first two this year when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been out injured.[LNB] However, the return of Vidic after he suffered a calf injury prior to a pre-season game in Munich, plus the availability of Wes Brown, means the Belfast-born defender may not be required against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday. [LNB] Ferdinand is out, though, with Evans acknowledging the 30-year-old's absence for another four weeks is a major blow. [LNB] "Rio is a good leader, a very good defender and a great player," he said. "He is a big character who brings a lot to the team when he is playing."

Source: Eurosport