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Mee Not Gunner Make It

Defender back in training but not ready for Wenger farewell

4 May 2018

Ben Mee’s season may not be over but Sunday’s trip to Arsenal will come too soon for the defender’s return.

Mee has missed the Clarets’ last five games with a stress problem at the base of his shin.

The defender – who had captained Sean Dyche’s side in the absence of the injured Tom Heaton – is back in training ahead of Burnley’s final two games of the campaign but has been ruled out of the trip to the Emirates Stadium where legendary Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger will take charge of his last home game.

“Ben Mee won't quite make it but he was on the grass. That’s a sign it’s easing,” said Burnley boss Dyche.

Scott Arfield, who will be leaving Turf Moor in the summer, will not be involved in North London after missing the end-of-season run-in with a calf injury, while striker Chris Wood is rated ‘touch-and-go’ after suffering a gashed footed in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Brighton.

That result put the Clarets on the cusp of a place in Europe as they hold a six-point and 15-goal advantage over eighth-placed Everton.

The Toffees are at home to Southampton on Saturday tea-time, when anything less than a win for Everton will confirm beyond all doubt that Burnley will be in the Europa League next season.

A sixth-place finish is still a possibility with Arsenal only three points ahead of the Clarets, albeit with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

And Dyche stressed that his side – which finishes a memorable campaign at home to Bournemouth on Sunday-week – is determined to keep pushing until the end.

He added: “We’ve got two big games to finish the season. We had a chat with the players about that today, keeping the mental stimulus and that mental focus to take on the next two games.”

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