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Dyche Backing For Drinkwater Comeback

Clarets' boss keen to help on-loan midfielder back to the top

12 September 2019

Sean Dyche is focused on helping Danny Drinkwater return to the top of his game at Turf Moor.

Drinkwater has been sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in an off-the-field incident which attracted widespread media interest.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder could be back in training in a fortnight’s time and the Clarets’ boss is keen to keep working with someone who is a previous Premier League winner and an England international.

“He’s a player I had worked with before at Watford, quite a number of years ago,” said Dyche.

“I think I know a little bit about what he’s about. He’s had a lot happen since then, of course, with a lot of good successes in his career so I think we want to get him back to that really.

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“This is just a bump in the situation. We want to make sure he gets back to being fully fit, playing well, the eye of the tiger that it takes to be a top player – which he has shown he can be. There’s no two ways about that.

“It’s about him as well. He wants to be back there playing well. He’s had a tough couple of years football-wise, not playing much.

“He wants the hunger and desire to flood back into him and you have to earn that.

“You have to earn the right to bring back those feel-good factors and deliver the performances and that’s what we want from him.

“He was doing that before this incident. He was working hard on his training and I’m sure he will do as soon as he’s fit again.”

Drinkwater won the top-flight title with Leicester City in 2016 before joining Chelsea in August, 2017.

He has since played just 23 times for the Blues before arriving at Turf Moor last month in a loan deal running until January.

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The 29-year-old has so far made just one League Cup appearance for the Clarets and was an unused substitute in the Premier League against Liverpool a fortnight ago.

But Dyche insists Drinkwater is “part of us” and will be given the backing to bounce back from his recent set-back.

“You can’t just talk about development when it’s good news. You also have to work with players if things aren’t quite as good,” Dyche added.

“I try and talk to the players and more so if things aren’t quite as right as they should be.

“When we take somebody in – regardless of being on loan – he becomes part of us and anyone who joins us becomes part of us.

“We’ve got to work with the player in the correct manner, which we do.

“It’s easy to spend time with players when it’s all going well and everything is rosy.

“Sometimes it’s more satisfying to work with players when things are not quite right, so we’ll certainly continue working with him, help with his fitness and help him get re-aligned to where he was and where he wants to be.

“And the only way he can do that is getting himself right here, on the pitch, and getting in the team.”

Drinkwater is currently working with the Clarets’ physio department to get over the effects of a twisted ankle and could be back training in a couple of weeks – although he will then require game-time away from the Premier League to get up to speed.

Elsewhere, the Clarets’ injury situation is looking healthy with Dwight McNeil recovered from the slight back and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss a possible England Under-21 debut.

Ashley Barnes is also over a minor groin problem, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be further assessed to see whether he’s ready to return yet from a calf injury which forced him to miss the defeat to Liverpool and Iceland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Robbie Brady wasn’t available for Ireland but featured for the Clarets’ Under-23s and the winger is expected to be back in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Brighton.


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