Date: 28th March 2017 at 12:45pm
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Blackburn’s Corry Evans was fit enough to be called into the Northern Ireland squad but Tony Mowbray is taking a patient approach with the midfielder.

Mowbray, who didn’t have an issue with Evans’ Northern Ireland call up, is keen to involve a ‘really talented boy’ but doesn’t think it’ll benefit anyone if Blackburn rush his involvement.

However, he’ll have a full weeks training under his belt – and that spent with Northern Ireland too – ahead of the meeting with Brighton at the weekend so could play some part in the Rovers squad.

The Blackburn boss told the Lancashire Telegraph

‘He`s a really talented boy who could really help our team, but at the same time it`s not a rush for us. We have to make sure that we don`t jeopardise his comeback by over-usage, overplaying him, and rushing him back. He is back for a full week heading in to the weekend at Brighton.’

Due to a long standing groin injury Evans has managed just one appearance from the bench for Blackburn’s first team this year, 19 in the Championship in total this season, but did score in a 45 minute outing for the U23 side earlier this month.

Evans was keen for international involvement but his Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill admitted he wasn’t ever in contention to feature.

‘As usual Corry was very keen to play. He`d only played 45 minutes with the reserves so it`s been a long time for him. We knew bringing him that he wouldn`t be fit to start the game.’

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