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Mowbray: A good opportunity for Harry

The newest Rover is set for an appearance at Southport this evening against Everton Under-23s

18 February 2019

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Tony Mowbray has revealed that Harry Chapman is set to play for Rovers' Development Squad this evening in Southport.

Damien Johnson's side tackle Everton this evening in Premier League 2, with a trip to Haig Avenue for the second time in a week.

Chapman, who returned to Rovers in the January transfer window, has had to play catch up on fitness since arriving from Middlesbrough.

And tonight's clash is seen as the perfect chance for the young winger to get minutes under his belt.

"He's getting there now. He's close. He'll probably have a run-out on Monday against Everton over at Southport," Mowbray said when discussing Chapman's progress to iFollow Rovers.

"He's trained really well to be honest. He got re-tested the other day and his numbers are fantastically better than they were the day we tested him when he signed.

"So his hamstrings are much more proportionate to each other, regarding their strength, and the numbers of his running tests were much higher, so he's about ready.

"He won't be playing a full game, but he'll be playing some of the game at Southport.

"I see him every day in action. He's good, he's fast, he's dynamic. He can manipulate the ball, he can beat people, he can score a goal. He's exciting.

"And yet, it's too risky to throw him in to a scenario for us at the moment because when he plays for our first team he has to be at full pelt.

"That hamstring needs protecting and looking after and strengthening. At the moment there's an imbalance - a weakness in one hamstring and we need to work on that and strengthen it, along with his training, where he can manage himself."

Mowbray adds that there is no rush for Chapman to get into the first team, and is confident that the 21-year-old is happy with the scenario.

"We're delighted he's here," he said.

"The lads are enjoying his company.He understands the situation. He's not in a rush. He knows he has to strengthen and get ready for our team.

"Hopefully before the end of the season we'll see him back on the pitch and doing what he does - getting people out of their seats, bursting into space, driving past people and creating chances for the team."

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