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Jonny Evans | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/3/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 170

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Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, and Rafael Da Silva have all stayed in Manchester while the team travels to Munich for their return leg Champions League match against Bayern on Wednesday.
With United not playing their next Premier League match until April 20 it seems likely that all three players will be available but it is worth tracking their progress since none of the three have traveled to Munich. Jonny Evans is of particular concern because his recovery and return to match fitness has continued to drag on for weeks despite continuing reports that he is "close" or "a possibility" for matches over the last few weeks. Apr 9 - 12:12 PM

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David Moyes will get a defensive boost with the presence of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Rio Ferdinand in his Manchester Derby squad.

United were forced to field a make-shift back line including Michael Carrick on Saturday but despite the presence of all three defenders in the squad, who will start isn't 100% clear. Moyes declined to indicate whether any of the three defenders would be fit enough to start on Tuesday. For fantasy purposes, line-ups have already been set for the mid-week matches but managers should think about Evans for the Week 32 home match up against Aston Villa.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 24 - 12:48 PM

Jonny Evans is inching closer to a return from his injury layoff and he may recover quickly enough to participate in this week's Manchester Derby.

Manchester United could use a boost to their center back corps after they were forced to use Michael Carrick there over the weekend. While they won and got a clean sheet with Carrick and Phil Jones at the heart of the defense against a tepid West Ham side, they will need reinforcements if they are to keep up with a Manchester City team that put five past Fulham this weekend. If Evans doesn't return in time for the derby, it seems likely he will finally be available again this coming weekend for Week 32.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 24 - 11:50 AM

Jonny Evans, out since February with a calf injury, may have a chance to feature against Liverpool on Sunday along with other injury question marks Rafael and Javier Hernandez according to David Moyes.

Whether it is a good idea to return a defender to the starting line-up after an extended absence against Liverpool is another story altogether but the news today is that he may play. For fantasy purposes, picking even an in-form defender against Liverpool seems foolhardy so we'll suggest you wait a week or two until a) Evans is back up to speed and b) the opposition isn't quite so potent. Of the three, Rafael seems the most likely to feature.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 14 - 10:25 AM

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has suffered a setback in his recovery and will be out a further month as Manchester United attempt to climb back in the race for fourth.

With the return of Phil Jones in Week 29 Manchester United's defense is in better shape but they learned today that they won't be back at full strength for another month with presumed starter Jonny Evans out for another month. It would appear that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic will rotate through the center back spots. It will be educational to see who partners Jones against Liverpool next weekend or whether Moyes will field a conservative line-up with all three (with Jones in a holding role) to attempt to slow down Liverpool's attack.
Mar 8 - 10:05 PM

Jonny Evans is getting close to a return for Week 29 but may not be fit enough to start as Manchester United face West Brom next weekend.

Manchester United's defense has looked rotten with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic pairing at it's heart but it seems likely that they will have to hold on for one more match as Jonny Evans is 50/50 at best to be ready to start. The defender is on the road to recovery but will likely be short of fitness when the Premier League resumes after midweek internationals.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 4 - 10:12 AM

The Manchester United center back left last weekend's loss to Stoke City with a calf injury and he will not recover in time for United's Week 25 match against Fulham.

Watching United's match last weekend you would have thought that Phil Jones was far worse off than Evans. As it turns out, Jones could still pass a late fitness check and participate against the Cottagers while Evans will not make it back. With Nemanja Vidic back from suspension, United will replace Evans with Vidic in the starting line-up and Vidic's partner will come from among Jones, Chris Smalling, and Rio Ferdinand who is also on the way back from injury.
Source: @Physioroom
Feb 7 - 7:21 PM

Jonny Evans was substituted early in Manchester United's loss to Stoke City with what appeared to be a calf injury.

The collective spirit around Manchester United was high as recently as mid-week. Juan Mata had arrived and his first start was a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City. The honeymoon didn't last long as United lost to Stoke City for the first time in Premier League history on Saturday. In the process they lost Evans to what appeared to be a minor injury and Phil Jones to what might be a more serious one. The attack may have been bolstered but the defense was already shaky and was even more so with Evans and Jones out. More on the severity of both injuries as the week progresses and more news becomes available.
Feb 1 - 5:59 PM

Jonny Evans is still dealing with a back issue and his ability to start against Arsenal on Sunday is yet to be determined.

Between Arsenal's impressive form and the lack of fantasy production from United's defense, it isn't likely you were considering Evans for your line-up. If you needed any further convincing then his uncertain health status is all the information you should need to know to keep him out of your plans for Week 11.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Jonny Evans was withdrawn from United's match with Fulham on Saturday and missed training on Monday.

Manchester United flew to Spain for their Champions League match with Real Sociedad minus injured players Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, and Rafael. Carrick and Welbeck were both absent for the Fulham match but both Rafael and Evans were both taken off injured during the match. While neither player will feature for United in mid-week, it isn't clear whether they will be fit in time for Sunday's showdown with Arsenal at Old Trafford. Stay tuned for more news later in the week.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 04:26:00 PM

David Moyes continues to struggle with his selections in the center of defense with Jonny Evans partnering Phil Jones in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

First Moyes was over-reliant on the aging pair of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and the results weren't great. Then he started sprinkling in Evans against West Brom and in two matches United have suffered a loss and a draw with the central defense culpable in both instances. Evans looked like one of the better defenders in the league last season but something is standing in the way of that form repeating itself this year. Whether it is Moyes' choice of his partner or an overall drop in quality of play across the board at United, Evans shouldn't be on your fantasy short list until United turn things around.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:09:00 AM

After having a place on the bench for the Manchester Derby, Jonny Evans made his first start back from injury in the Capital One Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday.

With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic getting older and having played a number of matches in succession as a partnership, Jonny Evans returns as an option to replace Ferdinand as first choice or at the very least spell one or both center backs. After the beating United took at the Etihad the help can't come too soon. Fantasy managers should be prepared for some rotation at the center back position at United until David Moyes settles on his best pairing.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:35:00 PM

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans edged closer to a return as he was fit enough for a place on the bench against Bayer Leverkusen.

Manchester United seem to be ascending with Wayne Rooney returning to star form and Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini making their season debuts. Not to be lost in those events was the return of Jonny Evans to the bench. The central defender has been fighting an injury since the pre-season and should be edging closer to giving David Moyes the option of three trusted central defenders joining Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. How Moyes will prioritize the three will be of intense interest to fantasy managers everywhere.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 04:35:00 PM