Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson just held his weekly press conference and during it, he not only commented on the confirmed signing of Wilfried Zaha, but he also provided an update on his squad's injury situation. The main piece of news is that neither Jonny Evans nor Ashley Young are fully fit yet. Both will be unavailable for tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Fulham. Here's what the boss had to say about the duo:
"Jonny Evans and Ashley Young are still not 100% fit. We had a good week training in Qatar and it was a great time to go there – we couldn’t have picked a better moment actually when you consider the weather we’ve had here. So it’s worked out very well for us and hopefully we get the benefit from that. It was always the plan at some stage to do that this January. It couldn’t have worked out better for us. Ashley Young is not far away. He trained a bit in Qatar. Not a lot, but at least he is on the road back and he has always been an important player for us. Jonny is just taking a bit longer than we thought. But he did a bit of training in Qatar. Again, not a lot, but he is on the way back. The bonus for us, of course, is that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are both back. So we’re not so bad in that department."
- Ferguson | Source: ManUtd.com
When further asked if either Evans or Young would be available for the early February first-leg UEFA Champions League tie against Real Madrid, here's how the gaffer responded:
"Both of them will be fit for that. I would hope to have a fully fit squad by the time those games come around."
For the most part, Ferguson actually does have close to a fully fit squad. The only other health issue at the moment is Darren Fletcher being out for the remainder of the season as he looks to surgery to resolve his long-term bowel problem.