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Evans out of Blackburn Rovers clash
IN-FORM Blackburn Rovers midfielder Corry Evans has been ruled out of today’s visit of Charlton Athletic to Ewood Park.
Evans will play no part in the Championship clash after injuring his ankle playing for Northern Ireland in midweek.
The 23-year-old underwent a scan on the injury on Thursday.
But Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says Evans will definitely miss this afternoon’s game and could yet be ruled out for longer. It will not be until next week before Bowyer discovers the extent of Evans’ injury.
But Bowyer confirmed that Scott Dann, Josh King and Jordan Rhodes all came through a second day’s full training after shrugging off minor knocks.
Bowyer said: “The three lads came through but Corry is out.
“We’ll know more next week when the injury has settled down.”
Ben Marshall, Alan Judge, Chris Taylor and Lee Williamson are expected to battle it out to take Evans’ place in the team.
The midfield quartet are part of a group of players that have had to look on from the sidelines in recent weeks as Bowyer has kept faith with a settled side.
But rather than show any dissatisfaction, Bowyer believes they have redoubled their efforts and as such give him a selection headache ahead of today’s encounter with Charlton.
Bowyer said: “The players are working tremendously hard to get themselves into the team. That adds competition, which is great.
“We’ve got a good squad and it would be difficult to pick out any individuals as all the ones who are out of the team at the moment have, rather than sulking, gone the other way.
“They keep on putting in performances in training which say, ‘look, I’m ready’, “What we’ve seen in training this week is there are several players that are ready to make their mark if they get the opportunity.”
Williamson would be a like-for-like replacement for Evans.
But should Marshall, Judge or Taylor take his place, it is likely that Tom Cairney will be moved into the centre of midfield from the right.
Bowyer is keen to keep selection consistency where he can adding: “From our point of view as a coaching team, the way we’ve got to look at it is we have to be loyal to the ones who are in the shirt as, for as long as they’re performing to the best of their ability and doing what is asked of them, it is very difficult to leave them out.
“But at the same time you are always keeping an eye on managing the ones out of the team because should they get their opportunity, you need them to be in the right frame of mind, physically as well.”
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