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Tony: We won't rush Harry back

The boss says he'll have to be careful with the loan star

16 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray says winger Harry Chapman is getting closer to a return to the first team, but he won't be rushed back for the home straight of the season.

Harry's missed the last few months of action after picking up a hamstring tear at Wigan Athletic in October.

The positive news with the Middlesbrough loanee is that he is now back in light training, but Mowbray has revealed there won't be any fast-tracking back into the side for the 20-year-old.

“We’re seeing him a little bit more now but, again, you can’t rush it. It was a bad injury and we’ll take our time with him," the boss reported to iFollow Rovers on Friday.

"He’s back in the training ground and once he’s back every day we’ll get him an Under-23s game and look at the timing of where we are in the season.

"Hopefully he’ll have an impact for us. The first thing is for him to get out there on the training ground and kicking a ball with the other lads. The medical and sport science departments as well as the player himself will then decide about getting game-time."

And with 14 games remaining, Mowbray is hopeful of seeing the youngster back in the fold at some point to have an impact on the season.

"Training is different from matchdays, in that you can control it – you don’t have to go crashing into tackles in training. That will be a process which will happen naturally, bit by bit, and hopefully we’ll see him on the pitch before the season ends."

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