Manager Sean Dyche is delighted with Dean Marney’s progress as the midfielder continues to recover from the knee injury that ended his last Premier League season early.
Marney suffered a serious cruciate knee ligament injury against Arsenal in January and required surgery to repair the damage.
The 33-year-old is still some way from a first-team return back but Dyche has been impressed with the strides the Clarets’ second longest serving player is making on the comeback trail.
Dyche said: “He’s done some good work and he’s going really, really well. I think he’s only five months in and he’s on the grass and he’s moving well.
“There’s still a long way to go, he knows that, he’s been through it before, but we’re delighted he’s going so well.”
Marney suffered a similar injury in a game against West Bromwich Albion in February, 2015 to continue the Clarets’ run of bad luck over knee problems.
Strikers Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz – during his time at Burnley – all suffered similar problems.
But like Marney first time around, they made it back to full fitness.
And Marney’s inclusion in the Clarets’ training trip to Ireland last week gave further evidence that the former England under-21 international is heading the right way.
“We were really pleased to have Deano there. I think it’s important that he’s still around the group when we can,” Dyche added.
“Deano has been a very important part of the group and I’m sure he will be. We try and do that with a lot of the players. We did with Vokesy and Barnesy. We try and keep them involved - Juke (Lukas Jutkiewicz) as well.
“It’s important for their mentality. It’s a long road when you’re injured, I went through it myself in my career and you can have some tough times, so it's important they know they’re still part of what we do.
“The good side of having the knee problems we’ve had here is that there’s a wealth of knowledge, from the physios and from individuals to talk to each other, the highs and lows of being injured, they can help each other through it.
“They all had a different recovery period of it, but they all got there and they’re all playing again.”
While Marney has been following his own programme back at the Clarets’ Barnfield Training Centre, the rest of the squad have been stepping up their physical work this week ahead of Saturday’s double-header friendlies against Alfreton Town and Kidderminster Harriers with the start of the top-flight season now less than a month away.
“There will be a couple of tougher days and then we’ve got the following games next weekend, where we will split into two teams, so everyone will play more game-time on the day,” Dyche said.
“From there it starts going more into the football, so this next week is all about hard work and really ramping it up with a couple of really tough days for the players.
“It’s a process we go through and we are well versed in it at Burnley Football Club.”