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Mowbray won't block a Northern Ireland call for recovering Evans

By Graham Luney

Corry Evans has been given the green light to link up with Northern Ireland despite being out of action for more than two months.

The Blackburn midfielder has been nursing a groin injury but boss Tony Mowbray isn't going to stop the 26-year-old linking up with the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Norway at Windsor Park on March 26.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill will include Evans when he names his squad for the Group C showdown today.

Evans' most recent start was on January 2 and he now faces a race against time to make the Norway game. The Belfast man started the last two World Cup qualifiers and played in three of the four games at Euro 2016.

"If he gets called up, there will be no problem," Mowbray said.

"If anything it will be a benefit if he gets game time and some intense training to build him up.

"He has trained with us for almost a week now. I'd have to say he looks a very talented footballer, my type of footballer. He picks really lovely passes, he's got quick feet and a really good appreciation of the football.

"He needs to get fit. If he gets called up there will be no problem.

"I don't really get involved in the international set-ups. What I do know is footballers like to play for their countries, they want to play for their countries."

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