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Injured Evra faces four weeks out

Patrice Evra (right) and Rio Ferdinand
Evra injured his toe against Chelsea, while Ferdinand has a back problem

Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra could be out for up to four weeks with a foot injury.

The 27-year-old returned from a four-match ban in the 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday, but was injured as he set up Wayne Rooney for United's second.

"Evra will be out for three weeks, maybe four. It shouldn't be any more than that," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fellow defender Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out for a week with back injury.

Ferdinand pulled up in the warm-up prior to United's Boxing Day win at Stoke and has not played since the Club World Cup tournament in Japan last month.

The England defender had been due to play against Chelsea but had a new spasm ahead of the league match and the 30-year-old has also missed United's last five games.

In Ferdinand's absence, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has used 20-year-old Jonny Evans to deputise.

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Ferguson said there is no long-term damage with Ferdinand's injury but he was in need of a prolonged rest, meaning both he and Evra will miss Wednesday's match with Wigan and also Saturday's encounter away at Bolton.

"Rio has been to a specialist and there are no major problems with his back, but he won't be involved against Wigan," added the Scot.

"We are giving him a series of exercises, but he should be ok and we hope he'll be back for the Spurs game."

Frenchman Evra is also likely to miss the Carling Cup second leg against Derby later this month, the FA Cup fourth round clash with Tottenham and Premier League matches against West Brom and Everton.

Both players have helped United keep the Premier League's best defence this season, with just 10 goals conceded in 19 league games.

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see also
Man Utd v Wigan
13 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Man Utd 3-0 Chelsea
11 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Man Utd abandon appeal over Evra
16 Dec 08 |  Man Utd
Man Utd hit by Ferdinand lay-off
26 Dec 08 |  Man Utd
Evra denies Bridge 'brawl' charge
06 Aug 08 |  Premier League


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