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Keane Fit For Turf Opener

13 August 2015

Michael Keane is set to resume defensive duties this weekend in the Turf Moor curtain-raiser against Birmingham City.

The Clarets defender missed Tuesday’s Capital One Cup exit at Port Vale with a tight hamstring injury.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche took no chances at Vale Park, option to partner Ben Mee with Michael Duff at the heart of the back line.

But the England U21 international has been given the green light for the opening home game of the campaign.

Boss Dyche said: “Michael had a minor hamstring tweak, which we had to be careful of because, as we know, we are light on numbers at the minute.

“That’s mainly due to spate of semi-serious injuries at the moment, rather than minor ones. We had to make a judgement call and we didn’t think we was ready for Tuesday, but we think he’ll be fine for the weekend.”

However, Burnley will again be without injured duo Matt Lowton (shin) and Fredrik Ulvestad for the visit of the Blues, who have won their first two league and cup games.

Dyche added: “Matt is doing well. He’s a little in front of Freddy I think because the injury has settled down and he’s out there running.

“He is not training with the team yet, but he’s certainly active, which is showing good signs.

“Freddy had quite a bad knock on his ankle and to be honest we’re thankful it’s not more serious, albeit it will be weeks and we’re still hopeful it won’t be months.”

Sean Dyche’s Birmingham preview is now available to view on Clarets Player. CLICK HERE for details.


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