STRIKER Ched Evans has been ruled out of Sheffield United’s final Championship fixture at Swansea City - but the Welsh international is expected to be fit in time for pre-season.
Evans, the club’s top scorer with nine goals, was taken to hospital after damaging his ankle in the 2-2 draw against Barnsley at the weekend.
United’s medical team initially feared the 22-year-old faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines. It was thought he had broken his ankle following an accidental collision with Barnsley captain Jason Shackell.
But a series of tests have confirmed Evans, who had missed the previous three matches due to a knee injury, has not suffered a break.
Manager Micky Adams told The Star: “He went to the hospital on Saturday and got it checked out. From his point of view, it is good news and it is not as bad as first thought.
“The quicker he can get moving on it the better.”
As one of the high earners at Bramall Lane, Evans is likely to head the list of senior players United will look to offload following relegation to League One.
Adams, who has overseen four victories from his 23 matches in charges, accepts he will have to slash the wage bill to balance the books at his boyhood club.
“Certain players will be leaving the football club,” said Adams, who is likely to stay at the helm. “In our position, you have to listen to any sensible offers for any player but We don’t want to sell young players.”
Meanwhile, Ian Mill, who successfully won compensation for United after the Carlos Tevez saga, is spearheading Queen’s Park Rangers defence over the signing of Alejandro Faurlin.
The hearing, which started yesterday, centres around seven charges relating to the initial deal arising from the Argentine midfielder’s ownership. If found guilty, the R’s could be deducted points.