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Gaffer on possible Ched absence

6 September 2017

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Chris Wilder has revealed that Ched Evans could be sidelined for the immediate future, as the club look to help the striker regain full fitness following a series of minor niggles.

Evans has been a regular off the bench throughout the opening month of the season and impressed last time out against Derby County, having replaced Caolan Lavery.

But Wilder admits the Welsh international isn't fully fit, following his summer return to the Lane from Chesterfield, remarking: The situation with Ched is that we can't get him up to full speed. We've seen cameos and glimpses. He's not entirely happy with the situation, because he can't really progress.

"He's at about 75 per cent to 80 per cent. I thought he made a great impact against Derby for us and the same at Middlesbrough. But there's just something holding him back a little bit. It's not major, it's not season ending, it's just trying to get Ched back to 100 per cent.

"We might work with him in a slightly different way."

The Blades boss added: "Ched is working his socks off, on and off the pitch. But he just feels he can't go full tilt.

"He's not here for the first two months of the season only. That's the way I look at it. We want just that little bit more that turns him back into the player that we think he will be. He's the most disappointed out of everybody. I'm disappointed but he is really suffering about it. Knowing what the fans think of him, he just wants to repay them 100 per cent and at the moment he can't. If we have to do something that takes him out of the firing line we will."

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