Ched Evans faces 'life-changing consequences' over 'medical condition'

Preston striker Ched Evans faces ‘life-changing consequences’ as he steps away from football for surgery on a mysterious ‘serious medical condition’ caused by ‘repeated forceful contact’

  • Ched Evans will be unavailable for an extended period as he undergoes surgery
  • Preston said the surgery will address his symptoms and prevent further damage
  • Manager Ryan Lowe said the club will continue to support Evans and his family 

Preston North End have announced Ched Evans will be unavailable for an extended period, with the forward facing ‘potentially life-changing consquences’ after developing a serious medication.

The Championship club said Evans condition is the result of ‘repeated high-force contact which he has received on a weekly basis throughout his career.’

Preston did not disclose the condition affecting Evans, but said it is ‘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,’ Preston said.

‘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.

Ched Evans will undergo surgery after the Preston forward developed a serious medication

Preston confirmed Evans faces potentially ‘life-changing consequences’ from the condition

‘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.’

Evans last played for Preston on March 14 against Rotherham, with the forward scoring in a 2-1 win.

The forward was substituted with a neck injury in the match and missed the club’s subsquent two matches.

Preston manager Ryan Lowe said the club will continue to offer Evans and his family their support.

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

‘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.

Evans has not played since being substituted in Preston’s 2-1 win over Rotherham in March

Preston manager Ryan Lowe said the club will continue to support Evans and his family

‘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%.’

Evans is Preston’s top scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions for the club, who are 10th in the Championship.

The striker has scored 16 goals in 73 matches since joining the club back in 2021 from Fleetwood Town.

Evans had spent four years away from the game after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old girl back in 2014, while he was playing for Sheffield United.

Evans, pictured with his wife Natasha, was cleared of rape in 2016 by a court following a retrial

He ended up serving two-and-a-half years in prison, half his five-year sentence, but in 2016 he was able to have his conviction overturned following a retrial.

The jury in the retrial agreed sex in a Rhyl Premier Inn with the woman, who cannot be named, was consensual.

Sheffield United had invited him back to training in November 2014 but withdrew amid an outcry in which sponsors threatened to boycott the club and celebrity patrons, including Jessica Ennis-Hill, threatened to sever their links with the club.

Oldham and Hartlepool also expressed an initial interest in bringing Evans to the club but quickly backtracked.

Evans returned to football in 2016 after signing a one-year deal with Chesterfield. 

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