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Boyd Back For Old Trafford Test

27 October 2016

George Boyd is set to return to the Clarets’ squad for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United but midfield colleague Steven Defour is rated as “touch and go” by boss Sean Dyche.

Boyd’s ever-present Premier League record this season ended when he missed last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton with a knee injury he picked up in Burnley’s previous game at Southampton.

The hamstring strain sustained by Defour in that game leaves a question mark over a return for the Belgium international at Old Trafford.

But Dyche confirmed that defender Stephen Ward has shaken off a knock that forced him off for the final few minutes of the win over the Toffees.

The Burnley boss said:  “Wardy is fine. I think Boydy will be fine. He trained today for the first time, though, so we will see how he reacts tomorrow.

“Steven Defour is touch and go. That will be partly our decision to make sure he’s right and really well enough if we do that.”

Striker Ashley Barnes – yet to figure this season - is close to a return after successfully completing a 90-minute run-out in the development squad in mid-week

But one player definitely available is frontman Andre Gray following the end of his four-match ban.

And Dyche admits he’s glad to have an extra option to consider in the shape of the 25-year-old goalscorer.

“We want to have that ‘scratch your head moment of ‘which way are we going to go with it?” added Dyche.

“And we have shown a bit of flexibility with that, which we felt we had to do.

“Everyone knows I like to play with two strikers.

“But you have to format the team you think can operate to get you the result.

“We have changed that slightly and I think it’s gone pretty well so far.”

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