CORRY Evans is fighting fit and relishing the prospect of out-foxing his former manager and team-mates when Blackburn Rovers welcome runaway leaders Leicester City to Ewood Park on Saturday.
The 23-year-old worked with Foxes boss Nigel Pearson at Hull City and grew up alongside his midfield linchpins Danny Drinkwater and Matthew James at Manchester United.
Evans, who is now close to full match sharpness after five frustrating months on the the sidelines, holds the trio in high regard. But that will not stop him from trying to help Rovers become the first side to beat table-topping Leicester since December 7.
“We’ve just got to go for every game now,” said midfielder Evans, who spent six years at United before Pearson signed him for Hull in 2011.
“We can’t go into games worrying too much about how we’ve got to go about them – we’ve just got to win.
“Leicester have been absolutely flying all season. I know Nigel Pearson from my time at Hull, he’s a really good manager who I enjoyed working under, and he’s put a really good side together so we know it’s going to be a tough game.
“But we’ve got to make it tough for them and hopefully take the three points.”
The Foxes are seven points clear at the top and unbeaten in 16 matches.
And James and Drinkwater, who missed out on the Championship’s Player of the Year award to Burnley striker Danny Ings, have been the driving forces behind their form.
Evans said: “I’m really looking forward to going up against them.
“Like myself they went through United and from that background and from that foundation they’ve gone on to do really well at Leicester and play a lot of games.
“I was pleased that Danny Drinkwater got nominated for the award. As a midfielder it’s harder to get recognised so it shows how well he has done this season.”
Northern Ireland international Evans has been restricted to just 12 appearances for Rovers since his move from Hull after sustaining ankle-ligament damage while representing his country in October.
But after playing three games in the space of a week he feels he is getting closer to recapturing the fine form he was showing before his season was interrupted.
“I’m getting there,” said Evans. “The three games in a week have helped me massively – as has the little break we’ve had this week with having no game. From Saturday on we’ve got two to three weeks of games every Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday so I feel fresh and ready to go again.”