Manchester United given fresh defensive injury worry vs Copenhagen

The Northern Irishman, who returned to the club during the summer on a free transfer, was forced off less than a quarter of an hour into Wednesday night&aposs Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen at Parken Stadium. He went down off the ball after just 13 minutes and was immediately withdrawn.

Making his first Champions League start for United, who were leading 1-0 at the time of his early exit, in 10 years, the centre-back was replaced by Raphael Varane, who was named among the substitutes for the second game running. Evans, who will celebrate his 36th birthday in January, has earned the nod ahead of Varane in recent matches.

He has formed a strong partnership with Harry Maguire in recent weeks, with the pair complementing each other&aposs qualities. They helped United earn a rare clean sheet against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Evans has featured a lot more prominently than he would have first anticipated at the time of returning to the club because of other injury issues that manager Erik ten Hag has had to contend with. Lisandro Martinez may not play again this year and Varane has had his fair share of issues already this term.