Wood In The Frame But No Rush For Heaton
By Burnley FC
February 23 2018
Top scorer could return as club captain works his way back. Tom Heaton will not be rushed back into top-flight action but there could be return on Saturday for leading scorer Chris Wood.
Wood has missed the Clarets’ last nine games with a knee injury he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas.
Burnley have not won in the striker’s absence but could have their record buy back in the squad to face Southampton at Turf Moor this weekend after he stepped up his fitness in a mid-week bounce game at the Clarets’ training ground.
“Woody got 70 minutes in so he’s back in the thinking,” confirmed manager Sean Dyche.
The same applies to left-back Stephen Ward, who made it back as far as the bench at Swansea City a fortnight ago and then played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors game against Blackpool.
Dean Marney put himself nearer the reckoning by featuring in that game, which also marked the return to action of club captain Heaton after five months out following shoulder surgery.
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