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Clarets Sweat On Fitness Of Key Trio

26 September 2014

Sean Dyche is sweating on the fitness of several players ahead of Sunday’s televised Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion.

Midfielders David Jones and Dean Marney are both on the treatment table, along with defender Kieran Trippier.

Meanwhile, wide man Matt Taylor again misses out with an Achilles injury that is stubbornly refusing to clear up.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirmed: “The timing is one of those strange things because we’ve done well with injuries over the past year or so.

“But we are still hopeful on a couple of them and we’ll see how they settle down in the next few days.

“David (Jones) came off last week, but fortunately, being the great pro that he is he came off pretty quickly, so that is settling down and he has a chance.

“Dean Marney has a tight hamstring, so we have to be careful with that.

“Kieran has a tight groin, but that too is settling down nicely and we are hopeful he will train on Saturday.

“As for Matt Taylor, he’s had a troublesome Achilles, which is nothing to serious. We just can’t quite get on top if it so we’ve had it scanned as a precaution.”

However, Dyche had better news over injured strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who both stepped up their returns this week.

Ings’ has been back on the grass after making speedy recovery from his hamstring injury, while Vokes was this week given the green light to step up his own rehabilitation following a meeting in London with the surgeon who repaired his cruciate ligament injury.

Dyche explained: “Danny is making good progress and that’s just a time issue, rather than the injury.

“If he is really super fit and training actively, he comes back into the thoughts for selection, but at the moment he’s not there yet.

“However, he’s on the grass and making good strides forward, so that will be a judgement call next week.

“Then there’s Sam, who is making really good progress and has had some good news this week.

“He saw the specialist who operated on his knee and he’s absolutely delighted with it, and so are we.

“Sam is back out on the grass and that, psychologically, is a bonus. The injury is taking time, but it’s the allotted time and he’s on a really nice run at the minute, which we’re happy with.”

Clarets Player will be live at The Hawthorns on Sunday for the 4pm kick off, with ex-Claret Jamie Hoyland joining Phil Bird on commentary.

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