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Barton Ready For Liverpool Return

10 March 2017

Joey Barton is fit and available to face hometown club Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Huyton-born Barton is yet to face an FA commission to hear the outcome of a misconduct charge relating to historic betting offences after a scheduled mid-week hearing at Wembley was postponed.

And Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirmed the midfielder has recovered from a slight hamstring problem which forced his late substitution in last weekend’s last-gasp defeat at Swansea to be able to continue his Clarets’ career.

Dyche said: “It was more of a precaution. We didn’t know what the week would bring and obviously it was a good decision now. He’s fine.

“We were unsure in the week what was going to happen and then a late call to Joey’s side of things suggested it was going to be postponed, which opens a window for him to continue playing.”

Barton’s continued availability is a bonus for the Clarets who will again be without Steven Defour for the game at Anfield, where they will be looking to complete the double over the Reds following a 2-0 win at Turf Moor in August.

The Belgium international is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains sidelined with a knee injury.

“That has not settled down as quickly as we’d hoped,” added Dyche, who does welcome back striker Ashley Barnes following a one-match ban and also confirmed that goalkeeper Tom Heaton has recovered from the illness that forced his late withdrawal from the side that lost 3-2 in South Wales.

On-loan Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is unable to face his parent club.

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