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Jutkiewicz To Make Return For Development Squad

7 April 2016

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United at Turf Moor.

The Clarets have been boosted by the news that Lukas Jutkiewicz will step up his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury with a Development Squad game against Liverpool at Melwood tomorrow.

The 27-year-old has been out of action since suffering the injury in a 2-1 win over Bristol City in August and the boss is delighted to have another key striking asset on their way back from a long-term injury, after Ashley Barnes’ recent return to the bench.

He said: “It will be great to have him back, his injury was a strange one really. Usually all the muscles in the knee snap but it was literally just his cruciate ligament.

“He’s seen Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and Dean Marney come back and they’ve been able to give each other advice and hopefully the minutes tomorrow will help in that process.

“We don’t like putting timescales on it, so we’ll see how he reacts to tomorrow’s game.”

Alongside Jutkiewicz, fellow forward Chris Long is now back on grass with the physios after suffering with a hamstring injury.

Dyche added: “Chris is a bit of a longer term one its more severe than we thought, but I did say it would be weeks not days.

“As for the rest of the side, there’s a few bumps and bruises, aches and pains, but we’re in good shape for the weekend.”

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