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Dyche: Barton Not Yet In Contention

10 September 2015

Sean Dyche admits he does not expect to have Joey Barton in consideration for a first team start for two more weeks.

The Clarets boss revealed the former QPR midfielder, now in his second week at Turf Moor, was still building up his fitness levels to the required standard.

However, Dyche does now have Matt Lowton back in consideration for the weekend visit of Sheffield Wednesday after the summer signing made a full recovery from a shin problem.

Dyche confirmed: “Joey isn’t ready yet. He’s worked very hard with us and this is his first week of full training with the players.

“He did a week of sports science-based fitness work on his own and I think he’s enjoyed this week, along with some top-up sessions, so he is getting there, but he’s not there yet.

“If you imagine a normal pre-season format, he is probably in his second week, so we will start introducing game time, but you would certainly need three-and-a-half to four weeks on any normal pre-season.

“He will need that workload, including games and he’s building into that.”

Ex-Aston Villa defender Lowton comes back into contention after missing all competitive games so far.

However, there is still no place in the squad for returning duo Dean Marney and Kevin Long, who continue their rehab from cruciate knee injuries sustained earlier this year.

Dyche added: “Dean and Kevin both need games yet, although they are getting closer. They have been long lay-offs, both physically and mentally, but their physicality is looking very good and they need that real game sharpness.

“Now it’s about common sense - as in are they emotionally, physically and mentally ready, not just are we ready to play them

“They are still beginning their journey back, but they are training every day, which is great.”


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