Date: 23rd July 2017 at 2:45pm
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Corry Evans, as has been mentioned several times already, will effectively be a new signing for Tony Mowbray as he wasn’t able to work with the Blackburn midfielder last season due to injury.

Evans, who last played competitively for Rovers against Newcastle in early January, is now hoping to put his persistent groin problems behind him to star for club and country, Northern Ireland.

He told Sky Sports, following his pre-season outing against York during the week, how frustrating the injuries have been, the past six month particularly but he’s not ‘feeling good’ as he looks for regular League One involvement.

‘The last six months have been really frustrating for myself. I missed the second half of the season. You’re going to games and you want to be involved and you can’t do anything. It’s hard to describe the frustration I had last season.’

Adding: ‘I’m feeling good now and I’m just concentrating on staying fit and getting as many minutes as I can pre-season and building myself up for the first game. That’s the main aim at the minute.’

Evans played for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 but he’s been limited to just two appearances during the World Cup qualification campaign, his side are second in Group C and in with a good chance of qualifying for Russia next summer.

If Evans is able to make a successful return to fitness, with his form being good enough, he’s hopeful of involvement against San Marino and Czech Republic in September.

He said: ‘It’s something that I’m not really looking as far as. I’m just concentrating on getting through pre-season and getting out of pre-season into the games fully fit. If I’m feeling good I’ll start to look ahead towards the qualifiers because obviously it’s a massive two games for us and we could potentially clinch a play-off spot if everything goes our way. It’s going to be massive for us but I’m just concentrating on staying fit at the moment.’

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