Jonny Evans has risked incurring the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson by admitting he played through the pain barrier for Northern Ireland after aggravating an ankle injury during Friday’s defeat against Russia.
The Manchester United defender, who has yet to make a first-team appearance at Old Trafford this season after undergoing ankle surgery during the summer, is now expected to declare his fitness for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg in Belfast.
Despite limping off the pitch at half-time, Evans completed the full 90 minutes after taking painkillers. “I felt my ankle after about five minutes.” he said. “It was the same one I had surgery on. If I am being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain, just not that early.
James McClean has deleted his Twitter account for the second time this year after a hot-headed rant almost brought an end to his Republic of Ireland career.
The Sunderland winger had already quit the social network when he became a target for sectarian abuse shortly after announcing his intention to play for the Republic rather than Northern Ireland in February.
But he reopened an account over the summer and having been left on the bench during Ireland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday night, McClean tweeted that it was a “------- joke” and “embarrassing”.
He quickly deleted it, but has incurred the wrath of Giovanni Trapattoni, who warned him he was lucky to remain with the squad after apologising to his team-mates.
By Mark Ogden and Luke Edwards Telegraph.co.uk