Sean Dyche insists George Boyd is “touch-and-go” for Saturday’s big East Lancashire derby.
The Clarets winger missed the midweek draw at Nottingham Forest after rolling an ankle in last weekend’s Turf Moor victory over Bolton Wanderers.
And Dyche, who has an otherwise full squad to choose from, revealed Boyd is expected to train on Friday before a final decision on his availability is made.
He said: “We are hopeful that Boydy will train tomorrow (Friday).
“He is still touch and go until he comes through tomorrow, of course.
“The rest are in pretty good shape and even the long-term players are in good shape.
“Dean Marney has had another good week with us, so he will come back to the games programme next week.
“Kevin Long got another 90 minutes in midweek, and he’s more or less what you would consider back up to speed.
“Behind that we are getting good fitness out of the lads who have gone out on loan.
“They are playing regularly, so we’re keeping an eye on everything ant the minute and we’re pleased with how things are going on the fitness front.”
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The Clarets head to Ewood Park in fine form, having picked up 20 points in the last nine games, having lost just once.
And the Clarets boss insists he is not worried that some of his squad will be experiencing the intensity of an East Lancashire derby for the first time.
He said: “The new players understand how we operate. We keep a consistency to the way we train, exactly for the reason of understanding the division.
“They have come to have clarity in how we go about our business and get the best out of them
“Certainly over the past couple of weeks there will have been mentions about Saturday from people around the club, and maybe friends from these parts who have an understanding of it.
“I don’t think they will overthink it though. We understand the enormity of the game in these parts and also the will and thirst to win another match, because we have it in abundance.
“But there is that strange thing as a player where it’s about you as an individual, but also the team performing in order to win. The rest of it looks after itself.”
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