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Jutkiewicz Returns For Clarets

8 April 2016

Lukas Jutkiewicz played 45 minutes on his return from injury in a defeat against a strong Liverpool side at Melwood Training Ground.

The Clarets striker, 27, has been sidelined since suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in the 2-1 Championship win at Ashton Gate in August.

And after coming through his first game back unscathed, the forward admitted he was delighted to be back.

Jutkiewicz said:  “It’s a great feeling to be back on the pitch. You can do all the training in the world on your fitness, but there’s nothing quite like getting back on the pitch and playing a game.

“Liverpool had some quality players out there and chances were limited, but it was a great fitness exercise for me to try and get some match sharpness back and I enjoyed it.

“It has been a frustrating few months, which I knew it would be as it’s a bad injury which takes time to recover from.

“It’s also an injury that takes a lot out of you, but playing today is a big step forward in my road to recovery and I’m pleased to get through it.”

Liverpool forward Danny Ings, who suffered a similar injury back in October, was an interested observer in the behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood.

And the two strikers shared a chat after the game.

Jutkiewicz added: “We both went to see the specialist at the same time, and I think Danny’s operation was six weeks after mine.

“We have been in contact with each other throughout to see how we are going on, but it was great to catch up and hopefully we’ll see him back on the pitch soon also.”

The Development Squad are back in action on Tuesday afternoon at the Barnfield Training Centre against Port Vale, with Jutkiewicz pencilled in for another run-out to build-up his fitness.

He said: “Tuesday is another great opportunity to get some match sharpness and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting more minutes under my belt and get that little bit closer to being available for selection.

“I’m just taking it one game at a time really. It’s an old cliché but it’s important to make sure my comeback is not rushed.

“The staff have done their due diligence throughout my rehabilitation and I’m nearly there now so there’s no point in rushing me back now.”

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