CORRY’S OP WILL NOT HIT NI HOPES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

BLACK­BURN Rovers boss Paul Lambert has dis­missed fears that mid­fielder Corry Evans will miss this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for North­ern Ire­land af­ter surgery this week.

The 25-year-old has been strug­gling with a per­sis­tent groin in­jury and Lambert says a spell on the side­lines has been pre­scribed as the best cure.

Evans ag­gra­vated the in­jury be­fore he came off at half-time in Tues­day’s 2-0 de­feat at Ip­swich Town and it was ini­tially feared he could be ab­sent for the rest of the cam­paign. But, while his club man­ager was un­able to put a timescale on his ab­sence, it is ex­pected he will be fit for his coun­try’s his­toric ap­pear­ance at Euro 2016.

Lambert said: “Un­for­tu­nately, he got in­jured and made it worse, but hope­fully it’s not for too long.

“The Euros is vi­tal for any player. Corry is no dif­fer­ent. It could be his first tour­na­ment, it could be his last.You never know.

“It was great for North­ern Ire­land to qual­ify. It was an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment and I’m sure he’ll want to be part of it.”

IN­JURY: Corry Evans

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