Coyle Allows Corry Evans to Join International Squad
Numerous injuries have been a major problem for Blackburn manager Owen Coyle. As he tries to build the team from a poor start to the season, the former Bolton manager will appreciate any help that he receives from players returning from injuries.
One of the names who has just returned back to the first team is midfielder Corry Evans. He was part of the pre-season only for 15 minutes, which explains the scale of the injury troubles. However, he has just been allowed by the manager to be part of the Northern Ireland squad that will play in a World Cup qualifying match next week.
Qualification for the World Cup 2018 begins with this first international break of the season. After having done well at the Euro 2016 by reaching the round of 16, Northern Ireland will be expected to perform well in the upcoming qualification campaign. Reaching the World Cup 2018, though, will be an even bigger prospect for the national team to achieve. The team has to negotiate a relatively tough group that involves the likes of Czech Republic and Norway.
However, the biggest challenge by far will be getting results against world champions Germany. The opening games for Northern Ireland are against the Czech Republic and San Marino.
“Corry has had no games but in a reverse kind of way the international break might help us because he will get that sustained training at a very high level and possibly some minutes in an international. Normally when players have been injured they don’t go away but the fact he’s recovering from injury means he can go and step up his training. Adam Henley continues to improve but he’s not been on any sessions with us yet so that’s something the medical team will look closely at,” said Coyle.