Top scorer could be back to boost Clarets
Top scorer Charlie Austin should be ‘in the mix’ for the Clarets’ trip to Peterborough on Saturday.
Austin has been out of the firing line since suffering a recurrence of a hamstring strain against Leicester City at the end of December.
The 23-goal striker was close to making a return against Birmingham City last Saturday.
But with boss Sean Dyche careful not to rush him back to face the Blues, the Championship’s joint leading marksman will be pushing for a place against a Peterborough side on the receiving end of an Austin hat-trick in a 5-2 defeat last September.
“After a month out with a hamstring you have to make sure and the weather didn’t help last week,” explained Dyche.
“Going on astroturf and all those changing surfaces aren’t ideal for muscular injuries, so it was common sense decision (not to play him last weekend) really.
Charlie Austin could be back to face Peterborough
“But he’s had a good couple of days training this week. He will have a down day today and a bit of a rest and then we will take a look on Thursday.
“All things being well Charlie will be in the mix again for consideration for Saturday.
“The lads have done very well but it’s always good to be having good players back fit.”
Austin’s potential return will boost the Clarets as they look to bounce back from last Saturday’s controversial defeat to Birmingham City when their three-game winning run came to an end.
Key midfielder Dean Marney is also available after his red card, received when the score against City at Turf Moor was 1-1, was rescinded on appeal.
And defender Michael Duff could also be back in contention for the clash with the Championship’s bottom club after a fortnight out with a hamstring strain.
“Hopefully Duffo may train before the end of the week and Ben Mee is just behind that and we will continue to monitor him,” Dyche added.