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Derby doubt for Duff

7 February 2013

Mee faces longer out as Vokes soars

Boss Sean Dyche admits Michael Duff is “unlikely” to face Bolton on Saturday as the Clarets bid for a derby double over their Lancashire rivals.

Duff limped out of last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Peterborough with a calf strain and has been under-going treatment alongside Ben Mee, whose return has been put on ice following a minor hitch in his comeback from a knee injury which has kept him out since early December.

“Ben Mee is still a little behind because he had a setback last week. He is settling down again,” said Dyche.

“He may get back into training next week if he has a good few days.

“But then because of his time out he will need training and a reserve game so he will still be another few weeks I think.

“Duffo is unlikely. He has that calf strain and that will continue to get checked.

“Everyone else is fine and hopefully everyone else comes through on Friday and we have them all available.”

Meanwhile, Dyche was full of praise for Sam Vokes after the Wales international reported back for club duty on Thursday following his goal-scoring performance for the Principality.

Vokes did not train with the rest of the Burnley squad as he recovered from his efforts on Wednesday night when he came off the bench to head Wales’ second goal in a 2-1 win over Austria in Swansea.

But the big striker will be in the Clarets’ squad to face Bolton – where Burnley look set to be backed by a sell-out away following – with Dyche admitting that his fifth goal for his country will do him the world of good.

“Since we have been here he has worked very hard,” added the Burnley boss.

“I think that is quite evident with the way he has performed for us, with his sharpness and energy, and his performances have been very good.

“I believe he is still a developing player and learning his role in the team and how the team operates and he is doing a good job.

“Of course to go on the international stage and score a very good goal and an important goal is fantastic for him and us.”

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