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Jonny Evans May Return for Manchester United to Face Fulham on Saturday

February 1st, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could be back in the line-up for the Fulham match on Saturday after the Northern Irishman returned to full training. Evans has been out for a number of weeks due to a hamstring injury.

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Evans found himself on a very good run of form and a first team place in the injury absence of Nemanja Vidic. His partnership in central defense with Rio Ferdinand was proving to be a formidable one before Evans suffered his injury blow. With Sir Alex Ferguson stating previously that he intends to rotate both Vidic and Ferdinand to keep them healthy, it would appear as if Evans would be the first choice center back for the rest of the season.

The news that Evans is back in contention for a starting role is welcome news for Ferguson and United who have seen the defense be the weakest point in the team on many occasions this season. Ferguson will have every available defender fit which will give the Scot a bit of a selection headache ahead of the match at Craven Cottage. As far as injuries go, United will only be without Ashley Young who is not yet fit. Ferguson does expect to have Young fit for the Champions League tie with Real Madrid in two weeks, however.  

Ferguson has pointed out that United received a wake-up call on Wednesday in the match against Southampton. The Saints came to Old Trafford and outplayed the Red Devils for large periods in the second half. Ferguson stated that his side were a bit lucky to get all three points but that they could take no team for granted and warned against complacency. Playing away at Fulham will not be an easy task despite their run of disappointing results lately. Fulham's form at home is decent this season and United have struggled there in past seasons. United will be hoping that their fine performance against Fulham in the FA Cup will be replicated on Saturday.

Tags: Ashley Young, Fulham, Jonny Evans, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer

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