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Clarets Duo Sit Out Austrian Friendly

19 July 2014

Burnley midfielder Dean Marney has been ruled out of Sunday’s pre-season opener in Austria after flying home for precautionary checks on an Achilles injury.

Marney and goalkeeper Tom Heaton (calf) will both miss the game as the Clarets open their warm-up campaign in Grossklein against opponents advertised as a ‘Southern Styria Selection’.

However, boss Sean Dyche insists there is no concern over the injured duo, with the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season, against Chelsea, just over three weeks away.

Dyche said: “It’s early yet and the lads have done terrifically well, and come through the tour pretty much unscathed.

“There are just one or two minor injuries. Dean had a previous niggle in the Achilles and we just wanted to make sure it was nothing untoward.

“We don’t think it is - and he has trained while he has been here - but it’s something that we want to clear it up the best we can, so Ally (Beattie) made the decision that it’s best that he flies home to have it checked out.

“But as I say, we are pretty sure it’s nothing too major.”

Dyche added: “I’m pretty sure Tom (Heaton) will sit the game out with a minor calf injury, but David Jones trained on Saturday following a slight niggle, and we are pretty much okay otherwise.

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The Clarets have young quartet Cameron Dummigan, Tom Anderson, Jason Gilchrist and Steven Hewitt with the squad on their week-long training camp.

They will be joined in the squad for Sunday’s game (5pm KO local time, 4pm UK) by the following players: Matt Gilks, Alex Cisak, Ben Mee, Danny Lafferty, Jason Shackell, Michael Duff, Kevin Long, Kieran Trippier, Steven Reid, David Jones, Matt Taylor, Scott Arfield, Ross Wallace, Danny Ings, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Ashley Barnes and Marvin Sordell.

Sam Vokes misses the game as he continues his rehab, while Michael Kightly and Luke O’Neill may also sit out the friendly as they recover from injuries. 

Dyche added: “We wanted to come out to Austria mainly for the training, but felt while we were here we could have a game, just to give the lads a maximum of 45 minutes, probably.

“Perhaps a couple of the younger lads, who we have brought with us for the experience, will play a bit longer. Most of the lads though will play 45 minutes maximum.

“We are building into the tactical work and planning that the team do, but this early part is really based on fitness, so the game is mainly used for that reason.

“We are not looking for miraculous performances; we’re just looking for people to come through injury free and begin to gain the fitness that comes with playing.”

We will carry regular updates of Sunday’s game on Twitter, @BurnleyOfficial, with a match report to follow on the full time whistle.

Match reaction will follow on Monday morning.

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