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Treacy back in the frame

22 November 2012

Irishman winging his way back into contention

Keith Treacy is working his way back into first-team contention after being handed a fresh start by new boss Sean Dyche.

Treacy had dropped out of former manager Eddie Howe’s plans after making just one starting appearance so far this season – in the Capital One Cup in August – and one from the bench.

But the winger, 24, is training with the Clarets’ first-team squad and played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s training-ground friendly against Rochdale, when he scored the final goal in a 6-0 win.

“Keith is a work in progress himself. His fitness has just been lacking slightly and we have worked with that,” explained Dyche.

“I have spoken to him on several occasions. He has certainly got something to offer, as have many others here.

“His journey back to what we call real first-team fitness will only help himself and the squad we hope, so that’s the plan.”

Dyche involved all the fit senior players who did not start against Charlton last weekend in the work-out against Dale.

And the boss believes the game was beneficial for both the players and his management staff.

“It’s important that we see the work from the whole squad, not just the first team players who are out there, because everyone has a part to play,” Dyche added.

“I value the idea of having a squad of players and it was appropriate for them to show what they are absorbing from us and what they think we are hoping for and also for us to get eyes on the reality of some of them.

“We know some of them from being around the game but it’s important you see them in action, up close and personal.”

Dyche also had a chance to weigh up the claims of the candidates looking to replace Kieran Trippier at right-back against Hull City on Saturday.

Trippier will miss his first League game since signing for Burnley at the start of last season after the Clarets failed to win an appeal against his dismissal for handball in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Charlton.

“I was very disappointed,”admitted Dyche. “I thought we had a very good case for an appeal. I don’t doubt that they have looked at the evidence and made a decision properly, but I think it’s the wrong decision.

“I took good advice on that. I don’t take those things lightly. I spoke to a number of different people who deal with these sorts of things and we all thought we had a strong case.

“I am very disappointed in that and with the last couple of games with some of the decisions we’ve had in those games.

“Outside influences have affected the last two games so we are hoping that doesn’t happen again this weekend.

“We are hoping it’s just down to our performance.”

While Trippier is ruled out of the trip to the KC Stadium, Ben Mee could return on the other side of the defence after returning to training following a foot injury today (Thursday).

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