Manchester United face an anxious wait to see if Jonny Evans can get through Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg without adding to their defensive injury problems.
• Evans doubt for N Ireland
• Jones out for two months
Sir Alex Ferguson is already without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Evans is yet to play for United this season, but the centre-back, who had ankle surgery in the summer, did represent his country in Friday's 2-0 defeat to Russia. However, he struggled in the opening exchanges.
"I felt my ankle after about five minutes," he told the BBC. "It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on for the second half.
"I was disappointed I felt pain so quickly in the game but, if I am being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain, just not that early. After a couple of painkillers, it did feel a bit better and if anything I felt stronger as the game went on, but I had a heavier strapping on then."
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill insists he is not gambling with Evans' fitness in Tuesday night's game against the underdogs in the group.
"We have no major concerns over Jonny but we just have to manage him," he said. "If there was any risk, we wouldn't take that risk and neither would Jonny."
In the absence of Evans, Jones, Smalling and, for the first two games of the season, Rio Ferdinand, midfielder Michael Carrick began the season at the heart of the United defence. Even with Evans and Ferdinand available, Ferguson only has three fit central defenders at least until the next international break, if not longer.