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PREVIEW: Pogon Szczecin II v Burnley U23s

Game-time the key as Poland trip ends with first friendly

12 July 2019

All of the Clarets’ travelling party are expected to get a run-out as the Under-23s start their pre-season programme with an international flavour on Saturday.

Steve Stone’s men will round off their training camp in Poland with a friendly against the reserve side of top-flight club Pogon Szczecin.

The game (KO 12 noon local time) takes place at the Hotel Remes complex which has been Burnley’s base since last Sunday night.

And Stone is looking for his players to round off an excellent week’s work by getting some valuable game-time into their legs – with winger Vinnie Steels the only one likely to need a late fitness check after he missed a couple of sessions as a precaution.


The venue in Opalenica for Saturday's friendly

“It will be two different teams. It’s a way of giving every player 45 minutes,” said the Under-23s’ boss.

“It’s a progression of where they’ve been on the training ground and it’s the end of a hard two weeks.

“They’ll play a half and then start again on Monday.

“We then play Wednesday and Saturdays after that for the next three or four weeks.

“We’ll make sure everybody gets games, so everybody is ready.

“We won’t be picking teams to win football matches. We will be picking teams to make sure everybody is fit and ready to go at the start of the season.

“I’ve told the boys that. They’ll all be getting minutes and they’ll all be getting time and that’s fair.”

Szczecin’s line-up is expected to be their under-23 side which plays in III Liga, a competition divided into four groups below the level of the Polish League’s second division.


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