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Keane Back In the Frame

11 May 2017

Michael Keane is back in training as he looks to help the Clarets end the season on a high.

Keane’s ever-present record was ended last weekend when injury forced him to miss the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

That result guaranteed the Clarets’ Premier League status – bar a freak set of results over the last two games – as Sean Dyche’s men reached the 40-point mark.

And Keane’s campaign is hopefully not over as the England defender eyes a possible comeback at Bournemouth on Saturday. 

“Keano has a had a day on the grass with us,” confirmed Dyche.

“He’s had a couple this week but one with the main team today. We’ll see how he reacts tomorrow (Friday).

“Ben Mee is unlikely. It is still settling down, the type of injury he’s got.”

Mee therefore looks set to miss a re-union with former boss Eddie Howe as the Clarets head to the south coast in 14th-place in the Premier League.

They could yet pull off a remarkable top-half finish and Dyche is proud of the efforts of a side which has stayed clear of the relegation places through-out its first season back in the top flight.

The Burnley boss added: “I think the key marker for me, without judging everyone else, is that it was only the first game of the season when we were in the bottom three.

“That’s a fantastic marker for a side that was given no chance.

“I don’t want to over-egg that because it was brought out a lot last weekend, but it’s a fact. 

“No-one gave us any chance at all of being in the Premier League.

“So to have only been in there once - after the first game of the season, which we all know can for or against you – I think is pretty impressive, to end up where we are and still looking to try and win another couple of games.

"Historically we have a strong way of finishing seasons and we want to finish this season strong as well."

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