George Evans will continue to build his match fitness with Derby County Under-23s tomorrow night – and could be 90 minutes away from a return to the first-team squad. Evans is set to start in a Premier League 2 Division One fixture against Manchester City at Loughborough Univeristy (kick off 7pm). The summer signing from Reading has been blighted by injuries this season but he is now close to a return to the first-team squad. He played 68 minutes on his comeback for the under-23s in a thumping 5-0 victory over Arsenal last month. “George will play (Friday night),” said manager Frank Lampard. “He has got to the point now that game-time is huge for him, and hopefully this is it. “If he can get through 90 minutes at top speed, put himself under pressure – which he has been doing in training, to be fair – then I think it gets him, hopefully, nice and ready to be back in the first-team squad.” Injuries have restricted Evans to only two appearances for the first-team this season, both in August. Read More Derby County news and views He made his debut in a Carabao Cup tie at Oldham Athletic and then his league debut against Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium although he limped off in the first half due to a knee injury. Lampard said Jacob Butterfield and George Thorne could also play for the under-23s.