“We Have To See How Bad” – Ten Hag Provides Update After United Star Suffers Injury

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says it has yet to be determined how long Jonny Evans will be sidelined for after he was forced off with an injury during the 4-3 loss to FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old was substituted just 15 minutes into the match in Denmark and, asked about the player’s fitness situation after the defeat, ten Hag replied:

“I’m not sure in this moment. He has to come off. I think it was a pity because he was part of it from that good part in the game where we were controlling, very composed and calm, it’s the way I see my team. Yeah, but he had to come off and I think still we are in control, still we are leading.”

“So we have to see how bad it is. It’s not about 11 players. We have more players and we have good players, so we have good replacements to solve that.”

You can watch ten Hag’s post-match press conference, where he also criticises mistakes made by the referee, in the video below:

Evans’ injury is a blow for United

The Northern Ireland international has been a regular starter in the Premier League recently, having made the eleven for 5 of the last 6 games.

Both Evans and Harry Maguire have struck up a decent partnership, with Lisandro Martinez out injured, and the likes of Raphael Varane having fallen down the pecking order.

An update on the fitness of 5 other United players

Evans joins six other members of the first-team squad on the treatment table. In addition to the aforementioned Martinez, who is out until the New Year after surgery on a broken metatarsal, Casemiro (hamstring) is also not expected to be back before Christmas.

Luke Shaw (muscular) is, though, closing in on a return to fitness, while both Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo are continuing their recoveries from knee injuries.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.