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Wells And Marney Ready To Go Again

Duo to play for U23s again as Clarets monitor striker injury situation

23 October 2017

Nahki Wells and Dean Marney are set to continue on the comeback trail with another appearance in the U23s tonight.

The pair both played in the Clarets’ Professional Development League fixture at Nottingham Forest 10 days ago.

And after a behind-closed doors run-out against Sheffield United last Tuesday, they will face the Blades again tonight in league action at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium (kick-off 7pm).

Adam Legzdins is also pencilled in to continue in goal for Michael Duff’s side, which is now unbeaten in four league and cup games.

The Clarets beat Leeds United 1-0 in their first game at their new Curzon Ashton ‘home’ base a fortnight ago and return to Greater Manchester on Monday evening to face a Sheffield United side which is second in the northern group of the league competition.

Midfielder Marney has so far played two separate 45 minutes as he continues his return from the knee injury he suffered at Arsenal in January.

Wells played all 90 minutes against the Blades just under a week ago as the former Huddersfield Town striker builds up his match fitness following minor ankle surgery in the summer.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has described the August signing as in pre-season mode, but his return to full speed will give the Clarets a welcome extra attacking option when the Bermudan is ready to compete for a club debut.

Top scorer Chris Wood was forced to come off early in the Clarets’ 3-0 defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City last Saturday with a hamstring problem.

And Sam Vokes was not available after missing the game with a slight stomach muscle strain.

The absence of the Wales international, allied to Wood’s injury, removed Burnley’s ability to try and hit back at City with two out-and-out frontmen after they had fallen behind to a controversial first-half penalty.

But Dyche hopes neither will be a long-term absentee.

“Chris got off early and that’s the good thing. He said it’s not gone but he could feel it,” said the Clarets’ boss, who is also currently without Jon Walters due to a knee injury.

“Sam has a minor stomach strain. It was one of those, do you risk it or not?

“It was more a case where we decided with the longer break now, there was no point in risking it because we are going to need him moving forward.”

The Clarets – eighth in the table after Sunday’s results – have an extra couple of days to prepare for their next Premier League game, with Newcastle United the visitors to Turf Moor a week tonight.

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