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26/02/2009 08:25

Papers: The Italian jab

Inter game was needle match
Jonny Evans has revealed how he needed two pain-killing injections to help Manchester United keep their European dreams alive. Evans had to crash through the pain barrier in the San Siro on Tuesday night because of an ankle injury. He had jabs before the game and at half-time as United earned a goalless draw with Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League. Evans, 21, said: “I am just trying to scrape through each game. Tuesday was important as there weren’t many other options so I was forced to play. It was fine except maybe the last 10 minutes of each half. Maybe the pain-killing stuff was wearing off. I had another shot at half-time to help me through." Evans has been a revelation this season filling in for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic when injury and suspensions have taken their toll. Now Evans is hoping another jab can get him on the pitch at Wembley on Sunday in the Carling Cup final against Tottenham. He said: “Hopefully the manager will allow me to have a few more injections! It’s not nice to think about missing the final. The manager has tried to tell me if I miss it, it’s no big thing, but I want to play. ”
Neil Custis, The Sun

Wayne Rooney, a surprise substitute in the San Siro, is also itching to be part of the action on Sunday. "All the players want to play, it is a cup final," The Daily Express quotes the striker as saying. "But it is down to the manager because it is about the squad and how he thinks it should be used."

Inter keeper Julio Cesar successfully thwarted United on Tuesday evening, but the Brazilian is wary of facing Rooney in the second leg at Old Trafford, saying: "We have to be very careful around him. He only played for a few minutes and nearly scored a goal.”

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