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Burnley get a fitness boost ahead of their weekend clash at West Ham

Burnley fans have cause to celebrate as five of their injured players return for their weekend fixture. Credit: Pa

Burnley's injury problems have eased ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at Turf Moor.

Striker Danny Ings (hamstring), midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah (throat) and Dave Jones (thigh) and defenders Kieran Trippier (ankle) and Michael Keane (hamstring) should all be fit enough to be included in the squad.

But Matthew Taylor needs an Achilles operation and the game is also likely to come too soon for fellow midfielders Dean Marney (hamstring) and Steven Reid (groin).

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.


Dyche: We'll keep working

Clarets manager Sean Dyche, whose side had drawn their previous three league matches before losing 4-0 at West Brom, conceded it was a bad day at the office for his side.

Sean Dyche's Burnley side haven't scored in more than six games Credit: PA Images

He said: "It was a performance where we never got started and never got to grips with the game at all. It's a real low day for us performance-wise.

"There is a reality to it, we've seen results like this in the Premier League and it's happened to us and it's important we grow and learn from it very very quickly."

Burnley have now gone over six and a half games since scoring their last goal. On how he will attempt to fix that problem, Dyche said: "We'll keep working on the training pitch, keeping working with the players' mentality and belief."

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Fears for Burnley man missing since Thursday

Police have expressed concern about the whereabouts of a 54-year-old man who went missing from Rossendale in Burnley on Thursday.

Arthur Thompson, left Heightside House nursing home at about 1030am but failed to return.

He is described as white, 6ft 2 tall, of a slim build with short, straight grey receding hair and brown eyes and walks with a prominent stoop to the right. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black trousers and a beige coat.

Sergeant Steve Rides of Burnley Police said that Mr Thompson suffered from schizophrenia and was not thought to have his medication with him.

“He may appear disorientated and may be talking to himself. I would urge anyone who sees him not to approach him, but to contact police as soon as possible,” he said.

Salmon found in Burnley river after vanishing in 1950s

Salmon have been found in a river in Burnley for the first time since the 1950s.

The fish were not able to travel upstream of the River Calder since a weir was built Credit: Environment Agency

The fish were not able to travel upstream of the River Calder since a weir was built at Padiham.

It was removed four years ago as part of a project by the Environment Agency and Ribble Rivers Trust and now salmon have been spotted in the waters once again.

It was removed four years ago and now salmon have been spotted in the waters once again Credit: Environment Agency


Defender Conlan rejoins Burnley

Northern Ireland Under-21 defender Luke Conlan has rejoined Burnley on a one-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Luke Conlan has rejoined Burnley Credit: PA Images

Conlan was released by the Clarets over the summer but having recovered from a knee problem has now put pen to paper on a new deal at Turf Moor.

The 19-year-old said on "I'm very happy to be back at the club, I know a lot of the lads from the last few years and this is where I want to be at.

"I want to progress now with Burnley again and hopefully kick on in the next year.

"I had a few other offers from clubs who wanted me to go on trial but as soon as the opportunity came up here to get another contract it was what I wanted to do."

Elsewhere in the Burnley development squad, there have been new deals for Tom Anderson and Steven Hewitt, with 12-month extensions exercised on the contracts of Cameron Howieson and Jason Gilchrist. Anderson has signed on for another year and Hewitt for two.

Dyche plays down Burnley expectations

Sean Dyche is offering no promises to Burnley fans hoping their return to the top flight can be as spectacular as the first time Turf Moor hosted a Barclays Premier League game.

That was in 2009, when the Clarets announced themselves by beating Manchester United 1-0 - Robbie Blake scoring the goal and Brian Jensen saving a penalty.

Burnley were relegated at the end of that season but earned a surprise return after four seasons in the Championship by finishing second last term. Their welcome back to the big time is a visit from title favourites Chelsea tonight.

What we are looking to guarantee is that we're ready, we're able, we're certainly mentally and physically motivated to go and deliver performances. Where that takes us we'll only know once the season gets off and running.

"There's always confidence because you believe in how you work, your staff's work and your players' work. That's what coaching and management is about.

"But you can only get to that point when you're ready. When that whistle blows, it really is down to players and how they perform. That's the magic moment.

"We're obviously looking to show we can at least be competitive, give good performances and see where that takes us."

– Sean Dyche

CCTV: Robber armed with 2-foot long sword in Burnley

A robber armed with a sword has targeted a betting shop in Burnley. Credit: Lancashire Police

CCTV images have been released after a robber armed with a sword targeted a betting shop in Burnley.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened staff with the two-foot long weapon at the Coral shop on Harry Potts Way at around 9pm on Monday.

He slashed at the till and jumped over the counter before making off with around £200.

This was a violent and aggressive attack which left two members of staff terrified and fearful for their own safety. I would like people to take a close look at these CCTV images and if anyone knows who this man may be, please get in touch with us as soon as you can."

– DC Dave Greenwood of Pennine CID
The man who covered his face with a balaclava threatened staff Credit: Lancashire Police
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