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Gudmundsson Back for Boro

23 December 2016

Sean Dyche confirmed that Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be back in the Clarets’ squad for the Boxing Day clash with Boro.

Gudmundsson has missed Burnley’s last four games with the hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City at the end of November.

But the Iceland international successfully came through a mid-week training ground run-out against Preston, when he got on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win.

And Dyche is ready to welcome back the winger, who was named Burnley’s Dafabet Player of the Month for November after an increasingly impressive run of form following his summer arrival from Charlton Athletic.

“Johann came through really well. We’re really pleased,” said the Burnley boss.

“Hamstrings can play tricks with you. Any muscle injury can. With a hamstring you never really know if it’s strong enough unless you burst into a full sprint.

“But he came through the game really clear.

“(He’s ready) to be in the squad undoubtedly – and then the team will be picked closer to the game.

“He’s adapting to us and the Premier League – which are both tricky for players.

“I think he was showing strong signs with his performance levels for us and what it is to be in the Premier League, because it is different, there’s no two ways about it.”

While Gudmundsson is back in contention for next Monday’s sold-out game at Turf Moor (kick-off 3pm), full-back Matt Lowton will be forced to sit it out through a one-match ban incurred for five bookings this season.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, will be without winger Viktor Fischer after the Dane picked up a knee injury in Boro’s 3-0 win over Swansea City last weekend.

But boss Aitor Karanka has another otherwise clean bill of health for the meeting between the two sides promoted together from the Championship last season.

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