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One More Warm-Up For Vydra

New signing to play for U23s in game moved behind closed doors

27 August 2018

Matej Vydra will play for the Under-23s again on Tuesday as he closes in on his first taste of Premier League duty with the Clarets.

The August signing from Derby County is yet to make a Burnley debut following an interrupted pre-season programme.

But after two 90-minute run-outs as an over-age player in the Under-23s, the striker will figure for a third time against Crystal Palace in a Professional Development League fixture which has been moved from Curzon Ashton.

Tuesday afternoon’s game will now be played behind closed doors at the Barnfield Training Centre.

And provided he comes through un-scathed, Vydra could come into consideration to be involved against Manchester United at Turf Moor next Sunday – if not for Thursday night’s Europa League play-off second leg at home to Olympiakos.

“Matej will play again this week, then he’s more or less in and around the squad,” confirmed boss Sean Dyche.

“We got him involved over in Greece but more to be around the group because he has only just got here.

“I said not today (at Fulham) because you’ll play on Tuesday. Hopefully he’ll be around it on Thursday and from then on we can look at him being part of the squad.”

While Vydra – the top scorer in the Championship last season – heads towards full fitness, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is set for a spell out with a hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Fulham.

The problem doesn’t appear to be too serious, but Gudmundsson’s absence will compound the absence of the injured duo of Robbie Brady and Steven Defour.

“We thought they’d be around in pre-season and be ready at this stage, but they’re not,” added Dyche.

“And then working in the (transfer) market we tried for players and couldn’t get them in, so we are skinny on numbers at the minute.

“Robbie is back on the grass but he needs a games’ programme. I’m a manager who expects players to be right to play, not plays them to get fit. He still needs a games’ programme together.”

The Clarets have won one and lost one of their opening two games in the U23 Professional Development League, following up a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City – when Vydra was on the scoresheet – with a 4-2 loss at Coventry City last Monday.

Palace, who topped the league’s southern group last season before losing in the play-offs, have won their first two games this time around.

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