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28/08/2009 08:11

Papers: Evans faces op

Evans to go under the knife
Jonny Evans is ready to undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle in a little more than a fortnight. Sportsmail revealed, the Manchester United defender has been playing through the pain barrier since picking up the knock last Christmas with Rio Ferdinand out for another three weeks and Nemanja Vidic possibly facing and FA rap for his flare-up with Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega last week. But Evans is growing tired of taking pain-killers and is considering an operation on his return from international duty in early September. He told his Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington he is keen to play for his country in the up coming games against Poland and Slovakia before facing surgery. Worthington said: "Jonny rang me last Thursday to say that there’s a possibility that he’ll need an operation, but he wants to try to battle through until after the internationals. Hopefully he’ll remain fit between now and the internationals and then go from there."
Staff reporter, Daily Mail

There's plenty of reaction to yesterday's Champions League draw with Telegraph columnist Henry Winter backing all four English sides to reach the knock-out phase. Real Madrid's Kaka is not so convinced with The Sun running quotes from him insisting the Barclays Premier League's big four are not the force they once were.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims Cesc Fabregas will be fit to face United on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring strain.

In other news, Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester City are capable of challenging for the title and does not think the champions’ local rivals should be criticised for spending lavishly if it makes for stiffer competition at the top of the table.

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