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Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans is edging towards a first-team return and could feature in the Lancashire derby with Bolton on Monday.
The 25-year-old has been struggling with a groin injury in recent weeks and he has not appeared since the goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park on December 14.
The Northern Ireland international would have definitely missed the Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough had the match not been postponed, but Rovers boss Paul Lambert has now confirmed that the midfielder could feature at the Macron Stadium.
He said: “He wasn’t going to make the game against Middlesbrough but he is going to train and we’ll see how he feels. If he comes through that then he will travel with us.”
The former Aston Villa boss confirmed that the postponement of the match against Boro had disrupted the club’s schedule during the busy festive schedule, but he is convinced his side will be ready to take on their struggling neighbours on Monday.
He added: “The plan was always to train on Sunday but it was going to be more of a recovery session really.”
The Blue and Whites will fancy their chances of beating the Championship‘s bottom side, although they have failed to secure an away victory against Wanderers in any of their last five trips.
Blackburn are the 2.10 favourites to win the match, the Trotters are 3.75 and the draw is 3.25.