Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has suggested that Corry Evans could be set to be side-lined for an extended period by the hamstring injury he picked up during their 3-1 win against QPR on Saturday.
Evans was making his fifth start of the campaign for Rovers in the Championship with Mowbray bringing the Northern Ireland international back into the side. However, the midfielder lasted just five minutes after being forced off with a hamstring injury and replaced by John Buckley.
The 30-year-old has as a result had to pull out of Northern Ireland’s squad for their crucial Euro 2020 play-off decider against Slovakia during the international break. That means that Evans will be unable to add to his 62 caps for his country and instead will have to focus on recovering from his latest setback.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph after Rovers’ win against QPR, Mowbray revealed that Evans’ hamstring issue is set to be more than just a minor issue that could leave him out of action for an extended period.
He said: “We’ll get him scanned. He’s obviously upset because he’ll miss a big game for Northern Ireland. It doesn’t look a minor hamstring injury I’d have to say.”
Losing Evans will be a real blow for Blackburn who have already endured plenty of injury issues throughout the early stages of the campaign. Midfield has been a real problem in that regard with the likes of Lewis Holtby and Lewis Travis having suffered their own injury issues.
Evans would have been aiming to make a real impact for Northern Ireland during their play-off encounter with Slovakia, but he will now have to watch on and hope his nation do enough to secure a place in next summer’s rescheduled European Championships.
Mowbray will be needing the midfielder back fit and firing as soon as possible as he looks to build on the 3-1 win against QPR. Evans will be aiming to get back to full fitness so that he can continue to have an influence of Rovers’ season with a potential Euro 2020 place also at stake should Northern Ireland qualify.