Bad tackle not malicious - Evans

Last updated : 23 March 2011 By BBC Sport

Manchester United's Jonny Evans insists the challenge which put Stuart Holden out for six months was not malicious, despite admitting it was a poor tackle.Bolton's Holden, 25, had 26 stitches then surgery on a knee wound caused during United's 1-0 win on Saturday.

Holden said he did not blame Evans, who was sent off, and revealed he got a "sincere" phone call from the defender.

And Evans told BBC Sport: "I just said [to Holden] I was sorry, and that I didn't mean to go in and hurt him."

The Northern Ireland defender added: "At the time I did think I'd gone in for a fair challenge and I'd won the ball.

"But looking back on it when I went straight off the pitch and into the changing rooms and saw the tackle again, I realised it wasn't a good tackle from myself - and my concerns were immediately with Stuart.

I think anyone appreciates a phone call if someone's caused them an injury

Man Utd defender Jonny Evans

"Bolton's doctor was keeping me informed, and gave me a call on Monday.

"It was disappointing to hear the news, [so] I just rang him straight away to apologise.

"I think anyone appreciates a phone call if someone's caused them an injury. Not many footballers like to be on the treatment table, it's just unfortunate that someone else has caused an injury to you."

An estimated date has not been given for the return of United States international


who joined Bolton in January 2010 from Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo.

The Lancashire side are currently seventh in the Premier League, and face Stoke in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley in April.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport