BURNLEY today received a double injury boost with the news that Dean Marney and Kevin Long have been given the all-clear to resume training.
However, boss Sean Dyche was keen to stress there is still some way to go before the sidelined duo, who both suffered cruciate knee injuries last season, can contemplate a return to action.
Midfielder Marney (pictured, below) has been out since February’s Premier League game at home to West Bromwich Albion, while defender Long, (above) suffered a similar fate at Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.
Dyche said: “Dean and Kevin are going really well and they’ve had good news from the specialist, who was happy to clear them.
“But I must make it clear that cleared for training is not cleared to run out at Turf Moor.
“They will be given a window now where they start joining in, slowly but surely.
“There’s no contact with them at the minute, but slowly, over the weeks they will come back into full combat.
“That means full training with the first team and then the next stage is game time.
“Even that has to be ramped up slowly, but they are in a really good place at the moment and it’s important that we take these steps wisely, as the medics and sports science team will.
“Both lads are very fit and they’ve done loads of work on their physical shape. Now it comes down to fine tuning.”
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