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Paterson hopes to tame Lions

16 January 2013

Striker back in training as injuries ease

Martin Paterson could be ready to hand the Clarets a striking boost at Millwall on Saturday.

Paterson has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring strain in Burnley’s New Year’s Day win at Sheffield Wednesday.

With top scorer Charlie Austin also out with a similar injury, the Clarets’ attacking resources have been stretched.

But they still managed to follow up their Wednesday win with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last Saturday and may be able to call on Paterson for the weekend trip to the capital to face a Millwall side two points better off in seventh-place in the Championship.

“There are a few probables rather than possibles now,” confirmed boss Sean Dyche.

“Pato has come through training for a couple of days so hopefully that will continue this week.”

Chris McCann is being monitored 

Austin’s recovery may not be as far advanced and Ben Mee is still to complete his return to full fitness following a knee injury which has kept him out since the first weekend of December.

But Chris McCann, who had hoped to face Palace after missing the Clarets’ FA Cup defeat at Barnsley, could also be back at The Den if his hamstring injury settles down. 

“With Chris McCann we are still monitoring his hamstring,” Dyche added.

“It’s tendinopathy they call it, where it goes up and down and then settles very quickly.

“Ben Mee is still on-going and Charlie is progressing naturally.

“There are no hold-ups. It’s just going along the course of a normal hamstring strain.”

Midfielder Brian Stock will be available to face the Lions after completing a one-match ban.

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