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Dyche Hails Brave Mee

6 December 2012

Defender's bravery contributes to injury setback

Sean Dyche believes that Ben Mee’s bravery may have contributed to an extended spell on the sidelines.

But the Clarets boss insisted Joseph Mills is “in the hat” to challenge Danny Lafferty for the first team vacancy caused by Mee’s enforced absence.

Dyche is refusing to put a timescale on Mee’s return, after the former Manchester City defender suffered a medial ligament strain in his right knee during Sunday’s big Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers.

He said: “It’s an unfortunate one. Ben managed to dig in and brave it last Sunday and get through the game.

“We didn’t know what the problem would be and on reflection he has been brave and it’s probably added a little bit of time out to his schedule.

“But you know what it’s like. It’s a big game, a big atmosphere and the endorphins kick and you get through it. 

“Afterwards is sometimes when you feel it and that’s what happened. 

“It’s just one of those things, but you can never tell that and it’s now about progressive treatment and getting him back as quickly as possible.”

The Clarets will therefore be forced into one change at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And despite Irish international Danny Lafferty getting the nod to deputise for Mee during his last absence with a badly bruised foot, Dyche is refusing to rule out Joseph Mills for a return.

He said: “We are still quite early in our time here. We are only seven games in and everyone is still in the hat on a weekly basis.

“We judge them on performances but also what they are like in training, so we will look at things accordingly.”

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