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Ched Evans faces “life-changing consequences” after developing serious medical condition

Ched Evans faces “life-changing consequences” after developing a serious medical condition, confirmed by Preston North End on Wednesday.

The 34 year old forward needs to have surgery on the problem with the Championship outfit adding that has occurred as a result of “repeated high force contact” during his career.

It is not known how long he will be out for, but the club say he will be monitored and helped every step of the way for as long as he needs it.

The ex-Wales international has missed the past two games with a neck injury and last made an appearance for the club when he scored in their 2-1 victory against Rotherham on the 14th of March.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Preston North End can confirm striker Ched Evans will be unavailable for an extended period after developing a serious medical condition.

The 34-year-old forward is facing potentially life-changing consequences as a result of repeated high-force contact which he has received on a weekly basis throughout his career.

More common in American football and rugby players, the condition requires surgery to address his current symptoms and to prevent any further damage from occurring in the future.

Over the course of the past week, the club have consulted with the country’s leading specialists and are currently working together to finalise arrangements for the surgery.

Pending a successful surgery, the striker – who has scored nine goals this season – will spend an extended period of time doing rehabilitation work.

Specific time frames for a potential return will not be disclosed until the outcome of the surgery is known, but all parties remain hopeful that Ched will be back playing and scoring goals in a PNE shirt in the future.

Manager Ryan Lowe said: “We’ll be there for him every single day, whatever he needs we’ll be there for him and the family.

“It’s been tough for me, the staff and the players because it’s a bit sickening when you get that news in the blink of an eye.

“He’s got a strong family behind him who will make sure he’s right. Once he’s had the surgery we’ll hopefully see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel because having the surgery doesn’t mean that’s him done.

“He’ll have to decide what he wants to do with his future and whatever he chooses to do we’ll back 100%.”

Fans gave their reaction as Ched Evans faces “life-changing consequences” after developing a serious medical condition…

@catterallwhite: Gutted for Ched. Hopefully he can make a full recovery first for his health and then if possible get back involved in football for the club. #pnefc

@Scott1salisbury:Gutted for him, he stepped up when we needed him most.

@Conpne03: Gutted for the lad. Been ace this season, get all the help you need Ched 💙

@Myers2409: 🙏 All Blades are with you Ched 🔴⚪️⚔️

@Brandon31478850: Get Well Soon Ched 💙

@JordanSMonk: Been a different player since November. 9 goals in 13 league games since he’s started on his run. Certainly proved me and many others wrong over these last few months. Hopefully he recovers well. Even if he can no longer play 💙

@Benjaminpark198: Get better soon ched

@KEITHpne1: Seriously gutted for him .he is 1 we can’t replace with the form he is in… I’m sure the club will do all they can for him even if he can’t put on a pne shirt again. wasn’t his biggest fan when he signed but his attitude & work rate for the club has changed my views. Good luck

@10step_PNEFCfan: Stay strong 💪 You’ll be back 🤍

@ChrisRiley25: Fuck 🤦‍♂️ hope he can bounce back from this. Doesn’t sound promising though.

@Matthewjpope05: Get well soon super ched.

@g_something22: Hope everything goes well, Ched 🤍

@mattgillsufc: Speedy recovery ched 🙏

@Samanth95166526: Gutted have a speedy recovery Ched 💙⚽️

@PNEStreet: Absolutely gutted for him… has become a mainstay in the team after a difficult and unconvincing start – difficult to see where we go from here as a club but have to hope Ched makes a full recovery and is back doing what he does best… being a shithouse #pnefc

@warrenbeattie1: What a shame man gutted for him 👎🏼. Wish him all the very best on his recovery. He has been superb for us this season.

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