Evans eyes surgeon's knife

21 August 2009 05:31
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has revealed he will need surgery at some stage to solve a persistent ankle problem.[LNB] The 22-year-old has been suffering with the problem since Christmas but has soldiered on through the pain.[LNB]But he knows he cannot carry on playing with pain-killers forever and will eventually need to go under the surgeon's knife.[LNB]The Northern Ireland international said: "At some point my ankle will need surgery.[LNB]"It is a problem that has been bothering me since Christmas.[LNB]"We thought it might have gone away over the summer but it is still there.[LNB]"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]TreamentEvans missed Northern Ireland's friendly against Israel last week as he had to fly home for treatment on the ankle.[LNB]But he has since featured in the Red Devils' first two Premier League matches this season, where Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were out injured.[LNB]Looking ahead, he may not be required against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday because of the return of Vidic, plus the availability of Wes Brown.[LNB]However, Ferdinand is set to be out for another four weeks, which Evans acknowledges is a big blow.[LNB]He said: "Rio is a good leader, a very good defender and a great player.[LNB]"He is a big character who brings a lot to the team when he is playing."[LNB]United must bounce back against Wigan following the shock defeat at Burnley in midweek, with Evans admitting that the loss has caused some introspection among the squad.[LNB]"The players all look at themselves," he admitted.[LNB]Winners"They are winners. They hate losing training games so it is no different in Premier League matches.[LNB]"They all know how the manager is feeling and how the fans are feeling. But it hurts the players too."[LNB]While Wigan also tasted defeat to Wolves in midweek, Evans will not be under-estimating Roberto Martinez's side.[LNB]Previously, the Latics beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the season opener, which included a wonder goal from Hugo Rodallega.[LNB]Evans added: "Rodallega wasn't really known last year but a few people are looking at him a bit more now after his goal at the weekend.[LNB]"In fact, a lot of people are taking an interest in Martinez for the work he did at Swansea and the way they played football.[LNB]"You don't really see that so much in the Championship but I am sure he will try to bring that same style to Wigan."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports