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Nani and Jonny Evans Injury Concerns for Manchester United Ahead of Aston Villa Match

November 9th, 2012 at 7:30 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting on the fitness of defender Jonny Evans while Nani will miss the match against Aston Villa on Saturday with a hamstring injury. Evans was complaining of a minor groin strain after United's victory over Braga in the Champions League but could recover in time for the Premier League clash this weekend.

'Villa Park' photo (c) 2010, Jonathan Willier - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Nani may be looking at 10 days on the sidelines after being substituted against Braga on Wednesday. The winger was feeling tightness in his hamstring and will most likely be out of action for two weeks. The injury news is better for Evans who suffered a slight groin strain and could be fit for Saturday's trip to Villa Park

"We're hoping Evans will be okay for Saturday," Ferguson said in his press conference. "He's a doubt, although not a serious one. Nani is out with a tight hamstring and that will be around 10 days but he should be okay. It's not torn, just tight."

If Evans fails to make fitness for the match, Ferguson has Smalling who made his first appearance against Braga after a long injury absence. Ferguson is understandably a bit reluctant to throw Smalling into another match after only three days rest but the good fitness of the defender has pleased the United manager. Smalling made it through the Braga game with no problems to his injured foot. 

United head into the Villa match in good form having taken over top of the league from Chelsea last weekend and it will be the Red Devils great form in recent history against their hosts that will give them most reason for optimism ahead of the game. In the last 20 matches played at Villa Park, United have lost just two of them and with Villa in a period of transition, with a new manager and new players, many will be heavily favoring the away team in Saturday's late game. After slipping up against Everton and Tottenham in recent weeks however, United will be taking no team lightly and will look for a solid performance to gain all three points.  

Manchester United's match against Aston Villa can be seen at 12:30 PM E/T, 9:30 AM P/T Live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Tags: Aston Villa, Jonny Evans, Manchester, Manchester United, Nani, Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Villa Park

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