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New Boy Drinkwater In Reserve

On-loan midfielder lined up for match action to help fitness push

15 August 2019

Danny Drinkwater has been pencilled in for a reserve-team run-out as he looks to launch his Clarets’ career.

The deadline-day loan signing from Chelsea will not be involved in the Clarets’ Premier League trip to Arsenal on Saturday following a disrupted pre-season campaign.

But he is close to pulling on a Burnley shirt for the first time with his first competitive action likely to come as an over-age player in the U23 Professional Development League.

“He’s fit and well, but he just needs more game-time and he will get that in the next week or so,” confirmed manager Sean Dyche.

“We have some reserve-team football and he will definitely feature.”

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Charlie Taylor will travel with the squad to London after missing out on a place in the match-day party for last Saturday’s opening-day win over Southampton following a spell on the sidelines in pre-season.

But the game against the Gunners has come too soon for Robbie Brady as the winger gets fully back up to speed following a hairline fracture to a rib.

“He’s had that knock on his ribs and although it’s settling down and he’s on the grass, we still have to be a bit more careful,” Dyche added.

Meanwhile, Steven Defour remains committed to his comeback bid as he steps up his rehabilitation on the training pitches at Barnfield.

The midfielder hasn’t featured since an FA Cup tie in January but is putting in the hard yards to regain full fitness.

“I don’t want to put timescales on it, but he is working hard with the physios and his body is holding up so far,” explained Dyche.

“He seems in a good place and it’s been hard. He has had a rotten run with his knee and his calf on the back of it, and every time he got close, he’s just broke down.

“But he looks stronger and hopefully that will continue to go well."

Dyche added: "If you are working hard and not playing football it can become emotionally taxing and really hard work.

"Steven has had a few ups and downs, as he did early on in his career, and he’s found it tough.

"On the other hand, he is mature and rounded in the profession and he knows what it takes to come through it.

"We are positive about where he is and positive about what he can do in the future, but equally backing off to allow him that time and give his body to get that full recovery that allows him to just get on with it.

”The one good thing when you are on your way back, which he is now, is that when you get out on the grass and training again, you get that feelgood fatctor.

"That's a good start point and he is there now - in fact probably slightly in front of that." 


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