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Evans shaping up for welcome return
Jonny Evans could ease Manchester United’s defensive crisis by returning to contention for Saturday’s Premier League match with Fulham at Old Trafford. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will continue to be without Rio Ferdinand (groin), Phil Jones (back) and Chris Smalling (foot) for the visit of Martin Jol’s team, but Northern Ireland centre-half Evans is understood to have an outside chance of partnering Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the defence. Having undergone surgery to repair an ankle injury at the end of last season, Evans was unable to start pre-season training until early August, but the 24 year-old has since stepped up from light training and has been working with the first team for the past 10 days. But while Ferguson is determined to inject stability to his back four as quickly as possible, Evans will not be risked if he displays any signs of being short of the necessary fitness in training over the next two days.
Elsewhere, the press report widely on Danny Welbeck's new four-year deal, as announced yesterday morning on ManUtd.com.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim Zeki Fryers will travel to Belgium on Thursday for talks over a transfer to Standard Liege. "The defender left Manchester United at the end of last season having appeared in six first-team games... and has trained with Tottenham during pre-season. But a move to another English club is complicated because any fee will be set by a tribunal if the clubs cannot agree, and United want £6million."