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Defour Hungry To Return

Midfielder pleased with comeback and eager to help Premier League push

18 September 2018

Steven Defour is eager to get back to help the Clarets’ cause after making a successful return from injury.

Defour successfully completed 60 minutes as an over-age player to help the under-23s beat Bolton Wanderers in the Professional Development League.

It was the midfielder’s first piece of competitive action since undergoing knee surgery at the end of January.

And he has now set his sights on increasing his workload to get himself back into contention to strengthen the senior squad following a winless start to the Premier League season.

“You want to help the lads, of course. It’s tough to see games and not picking up points,” said Defour.

“I’ve been in training for almost two weeks now and getting a game in is a good thing. I will keep on going now.

“I feel like I can play a part at some point. I think I need to work a bit more to go to a full 90 minutes, but I don’t think I’m too far off.

“It’s just good to be on the pitch, that’s the most important thing.”

Defour’s absence from Sean Dyche's squad - along with that of wideman Robbie Brady - has been keenly felt after a calf problem picked up in pre-season delayed the Belgian's return.

But the experienced play-maker made the most of his run-out at the Tameside Stadium – where the Clarets finished with nine men but beat Bolton 2-0 with goals from Dan Agyei and Dwight McNeil – with an impressive performance in front of watching first-team coach Tony Loughlan.

“In the first 10 minutes I had to get used to the rhythm of the game, because it’s been almost eight months without playing,” Defour added.

“But after that I got into the game and I think I played good for a first time.

“I’ve worked on my cardio during rehab. I had a couple of setbacks, knee and calf issues, but when we got it right it’s been good.

“I was also trying to guide the younger players and I think we played a really good game.”

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