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Marney In Squad To Face Fulham

7 March 2016

Midfielder joins Lloyd Dyer in the travelling squad for Tuesday's capital clash.

Dean Marney has handed Burnley a huge fitness boost by declaring himself fit for the midweek trip to Fulham.

The Clarets midfielder has played just one minute of football this calendar year - in the 4-1 January victory over Derby County - after suffering a calf injury in the aftermath of his recovery from a cruciate knee injury.

Marney’s last start came in the Boxing Day defeat to Hull City, after which Burnley embarked on a  solid 12-match unbeaten run that has seen them ascend to the top of the Championship.

But after a secondary period of rehabilitation, the midfielder is now a welcome addition to Sean Dyche’s squad for Tuesday’s game at Craven Cottage.

The Clarets boss confirmed: “Dean is on the verge of fitness now. He has been training well with us now for a week and a half, so he comes back into the thinking.

“We’ve had to be careful with him, but he is feeling in a different place now. He is really clear at the moment and it looks like the little niggle has gone away.

“He is feeling way, way better about it and is moving fantastically well, so he comes back into the thinking.”

Marney’s return to the squad is a timely one, given doubts over David Jones’ fitness for Tuesday’s game in the capital.

The central midfielder was substituted in the second half in the weekend win over Blackburn Rovers, and Dyche confirmed: “David came off with a minor Achilles problem and we are getting that checked today, so he is touch-and-go.”

Joey Barton is, however, hoping to resume midfield duties at Fulham after suffering a groin problem in the warm-up to the Rovers victory.

Dyche, who also confirmed that recent signing Lloyd Dyer will travel south with the squad, added: “You could tell from Joey’s performance that he wasn’t injured, but he had a tight groin and he’s old enough and wise enough to know.

“Rather than me making a decision, I asked him if he was well enough to continue and he said he was. We’ll see how that has settled down over the weekend, but we are pretty hopeful.”

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