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Gray Set For Return

12 January 2016

Clarets striker Andre Gray is almost certain to return action at MK Dons tonight.

The Championship’s leading scorer missed the FA Cup third round win at Middlesbrough last weekend after suffering a broken finger in training on the eve of the trip north.

But in a week that culminates with a return to former club Brentford, Gray is “99% sure” to lead the line as the Clarets look to continue this week’s road trips with a second win.

Boss Sean Dyche said: “Andre is fine. The specialist is confident there is nothing untoward and he’ll just need a light cast to protect his hand.

“It’s common sense, but we are 99% sure he will be available.”

Michael Duff, who turned 38 earlier this week, also comes back into contention after recovering from a thigh injury, but midfielder Dean Marney again looks set to miss out.

And Dyche admitted the players who came into the side to grind out the cup win at Middlesbrough had staked a claim to again feature at

Dyche added: “The key thing is we know the players are physically and mentally ready to go, but when they go and deliver a performance and you get that win, they put themselves in the running.

“People have this idea that we just roll out the same team. We don’t trust me. We monitor all the players and put a team out that we believe can win a game.

“It won’t be easy because MK Dons are making a good fist of it. They have come up and not had mountains of money to spend.

“They have stuck with the mainstay of the squad that got them there and to what their manager believes is the right way to go about it.

“There have been challenges along the way, but that can happen and they are no mugs, that’s for sure, particularly on their own patch.

“They have earned the right to be in this division and they will want to remain here, so it’s by no means a given that you just stroll into these places and win games.

“We are going to have to work very hard, as we have done, to win games home and away and we will again tonight.”

George Boyd scores v MK Dons at Turf Moor earlier this season

Meanwhile, Dyche admitted a potential new avenue had opened up in the past 48 hours as he looks to add to his squad.

The Clarets boss has reiterated his intention to look to bolster his numbers before the mid-season transfer deadline closes at the end of the month.

And he explained: “There are a couple of situations that have moved slightly and a couple of new things.

“At this time of the year, things can come out of the blue because people are looking to move chess pieces.

“There has been one over the last couple of days, which has been a new one to my thinking, but one we would certainly be interested in.

“But again, there has to be a reality of the market here, and there is.

“We know where we live in that reality and we are not a club who can literally throw money at every situations. We have got some funds available, but they still have to fit into the model of the club.”

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