Manchester United’s unprecedented harm jinx is displaying no signal of abating with the membership revealing centre again Jonny Evans can be out for a number of weeks after sustaining an harm in opposition to FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Evans, whose positive type has been maintaining Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane out of the facet, limped off after quarter-hour of the Champions League conflict with what appeared like a hamstring drawback.
The membership introduced on its official web site that “The Northern Eire defender suffered a thigh pressure within the first half of our Champions League recreation with FC Copenhagen in Denmark on Wednesday.”
With Erik ten Hag having already confirmed that Lisandro Martinez can be out till Christmas after a second operation on his troublesome ankle and Luke Shaw nonetheless a while away from a return to motion, the Pink Devils are actually down to a few match centre backs – Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.
At yesterday’s press convention, Ten Hag admitted that “the build-up isn’t that fluid when one in every of them [Maguire or Varane] is taking part in from the left centre-half place. Licha clearly, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Victor Lindelof are proper footed however they’ll play actually comfortably from the left they usually could make the proper angles.”
This means that Lindelof can be taking part in left centre again in Evans’ place and it’ll come right down to a selection between Maguire and Varane as to who companions him.
For Evans, if the “thigh pressure” is certainly a hamstring harm, will probably be the newest of a number of sustained by United gamers this season, with Casemiro and Aaron Wan-Bissaka amongst others to have missed chunks of the season.
It’ll additionally replicate the harm that Evans sustained for Leicester Metropolis in 2021/22 that saved him out of motion for 109 days (supply: transfermarkt.com).
Evans additionally missed a giant chunk of final season with the Foxes after issues together with his calf which dominated him out for 30 matches.
This susceptibility to harm is believed to be one of many causes he was launched by the relegated facet, permitting him to turn out to be a free agent.
For United, the knowledge of bringing in gamers with unhealthy harm observe data akin to Evans and loanee Sergio Reguilon, who additionally missed 29 video games final season, is questionable, particularly once they have been drafted in to bolster an already injury-ravaged defence.
United now have seven unavailable first staff stars, with Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo additionally at present out of motion along with Evans, Casemiro, Martinez and Shaw, and Jadon Sancho nonetheless exiled from the staff after a bust-up with the supervisor.