Tony Mowbray has confirmed that winger Harry Chapman will continue his quest for full fitness when the Development Squad take on West Ham United tonight (Monday).
The 21-year-old, who arrived from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window, has appeared in the last two Under-23s games, at Everton and at Doncaster Rovers.
After an hour at Southport against the Toffees, and 81 minutes at Doncaster, the boss is hopeful that the diminutive winger will get through a full game against the Hammers this evening.
“I would hope Chapman would get 90 minutes at West Ham on Monday," Mowbray said.
"He’s not that far away now in terms of fitness.
“It’s a process with Harry. He looked okay at Doncaster and looked as if he can still run past players pretty easily.
“He created chances and had opportunities himself to score, but at this moment I don’t think we need to expose him to the adrenaline levels of playing in the Championship.
“First and foremost he needs to get 90 minutes games under his belt and then we can drip feed him into the team towards the end of the season," he added.
“I’m sure it’ll be a big boost for the team to have a really fit and hungry Harry Chapman."