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No Long trip for Kev

17 January 2013

Boss Sean Dyche looks forward to next challenge

Defender Kevin Long looks set to miss the Clarets’ trip to Millwall on Saturday after picking up an injury in training.

Long was on the bench for last Saturday’s home win against Crystal Palace and has figured regularly in manager Sean Dyche’s thoughts since making an impressive full debut last month.

But the young Irishman may not make the team bus for the trek south as he receives treatment for a knock sustained in the gym earlier this week.

“We had to go indoors and unfortunately Kev has just rocked his ankle so we’re not sure if he will make the squad. We will have to wait and see,” said manager Sean Dyche.

The Clarets have central defensive cover in the shape of David Edgar, although the Canadian international will be hoping to hang onto his midfield holding role at the Den after helping the Clarets to three points a week ago.

Dyche also has competition in that area, though, with Brian Stock back from suspension and Chris McCann in the frame to figure at the Den after training on the pitch at Turf Moor on Thursday.

“Slowly but surely they are beginning to get back. They are coming back and we are hoping to keep them back. That’s the main thing, to get them fit and keep them fit,” added Dyche, who also has 

Martin Paterson available again after missing two games with a hamstring strain.

Brian Stock is back from suspension

Ben Mee remains out and Saturday’s game at Millwall may also come too soon for top scorer Charlie Austin.

But Dyche has been delighted with the contribution from all members of a squad which has produced three wins from their last four Championship games to move within two points of a Millwall side just two points above them in seventh place in the table and which has been revitalised since Dyche took charge for the first time in November. 

“I think since I’ve been here I’ve been mostly happy with the performances,” said the Burnley boss.

“We have earned everything we’ve got and that’s an on-going thing.

“The next challenge comes quickly and the next challenge is Millwall.

“It’s a tough place to go but it’s a place we feel, like every ground and every game at the moment, we are confident in going to.

“We are in confident mood. We have made changes, some due to injuries and suspensions etc, and yet the players are standing up and standing firm for themselves, the team and the club, which is great.

“But every week is a new challenge and we are sure to get a challenge going down to Millwall.”

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