The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By An­drew Law­ton

THE club-ver­sus-coun­try row is nor­mally a sta­ple of football, but Black­burn boss Tony Mow­bray is ex­cited for Corry Evans to be back in ac­tion with North­ern Ire­land.

Evans has been out of ac­tion with a groin prob­lem since Jan­uary 2 but has been named in his coun­try’s squad for the World Cup qualifier against Nor­way in a fort­night’s time.

The 26-year-old has started the last two qual­i­fiers for Michael O’Neill’s North­ern Ire­land and, though some man­agers would be wary of a player re­turn­ing from in­jury be­ing over-ex­tended, Mow­bray has no such con­cerns.

“I don’t re­ally get in­volved in the in­ter­na­tional set-ups,” ex­plained Mow­bray. “What I do know is foot­ballers like to play for their coun­tries.

“There will no prob­lem. If any­thing, it will be a ben­e­fit if he gets some game-time and some in­tense train­ing to build him up.

“Corry is a player I like, his tal­ent and the way he re­ceives the ball.

“He has soft feet, as I call them, and will keep the ball mov­ing for us.

“So I’m look­ing for­ward to seeing him be­ing fit, avail­able and ready. He’s not too far away.”

SOFT FEET: Corry Evans

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