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Ross Return Gives Clarets A Boost

6 January 2014

Ross Wallace returned to action on Monday when he made a 45 minute appearance for the Clarets Development Squad in their 1-0 friendly win at Wolves.

The Scottish winger has been sidelined since late August after requiring surgery to repair “wear and tear” to his knee.

And Wallace, 28, came through unscathed in a first half run-out that was planned as part of his New Year rehabilitation.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “Ross is continuing progress with his rehab and we are doing that wisely and sensibly, which is why he played 45 minutes today.

“We will now build that up as we, and he, feels comfortable with in order to get him back to full fitness.

“Ross is on schedule and we want to make sure he is right and proper and that is exactly how things are going at the moment.”

Wallace was joined in the Clarets side by full back Joseph Mills, who has returned from a successful loan spell with Oldham Athletic and also played 45 minutes.

New Zealand international Cameron Howieson was the goalscorer as Simon Weatherstone’s side defeated Wanderers.

The Development Squad will now travel to Liverpool later this week for another friendly, with Wallace again set to feature.

Dyche, who refused to put a time frame on Wallace's first team return, confirmed: “Providing there is no reaction, Ross’s progress will continue in the Development squad on Thursday."

BURNLEY (v Wolves):  Liversedge, Dummigan, Mills, Love, Coleman, Anderson, Evans, Hewitt, Gilchrist, Howieson, Wallace.
Subs: Nizic, Errington, Conlan, Brownhill, Frost, Massanka.

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