Evans waits for Sven's verdict

DAVID CUFFLEY Striker Ched Evans admits his future with Norwich City is uncertain - with just one match left of his loan spell.The Manchester City youngster was substituted 10 minutes into the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wolves at Carrow Road.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Striker Ched Evans admits his future with Norwich City is uncertain - with just one match left of his loan spell.

The Manchester City youngster was substituted 10 minutes into the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wolves at Carrow Road.

Evans, who was 19 last Friday, is eligible for the Canaries' Coca-Cola Championship game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tomorrow (3pm), but beyond that there is no agreement.


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Manager Glenn Roeder wants to hang on to Evans, who has scored twice in eight outings since arriving from the City of Manchester Stadium in November.

But Blues boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was making no promises at the end of last week when he said: “Norwich have asked to keep Ched until the end of the season but I have told them that they must wait and see what is happening.”

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Wales Under-21 international Evans believes his services may be required back at his own club.

He said: “I'm just waiting on Sven, really. We don't know what we're doing.

“I've spoken to my reserve team coach, who's been speaking to Sven and he was optimistic about staying, but he also wants me to go back to get a go in the first team.

“He said I would be training with the first team and I don't know whether I'll be starting or on the bench because the striker situation is not that good at City.

“I've been pleased with my performances, pleased with the team and have scored a couple of goals as well.

“But if I'm going to get a chance at City, I'd rather be there, wouldn't I? So at the end of the day, we've just got to see what happens.

“It would all depend on the situation back at City, really. They should be coming back with a verdict soon.”

Evans showed some good touches in the first half against Wolves before making way for Dion Dublin, but is disappointed not to have scored in his last four games, since grabbing the winner against Sheffield United.

He said: “I was a bit disappointed. I'm just tired. I've played a lot of games and I'm not really used to it. I've come from reserve level. I've got to get used to it and get used to it fast.

“I wasn't pleased with my performance today - I didn't score, that's why.”

He said hotel life made it harder to settle.

“It's a great hotel but I like it if the team gets together and has a pre-match meal and then you're all together.”

Roeder confirmed today that Evans was due to meet Eriksson on Thursday to discuss his immediate future, but still hopes to get the young striker back for the rest of the season - and in time for FA Cup duty against Bury on Saturday.

Roeder is keen to keep all four loan players involved in the Wolves game, and has not given up hope of signing defender Martin Taylor from Birmingham, who had a very successful eight-match loan spell.

“There isn't anything to report at the moment, other than we're in talks and we're very positive that we'll be able to keep our loan players and hopefully make one of them a permanent signing,” said Roeder.

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