Star Claret in injury scare
DANNY Ings is set to miss out on a second England Under 21 cap tonight because of an injury scare.
The Clarets’ top scorer did not train yesterday as a result of an ankle knock.
Although the problem is not thought to be serious it is expected to be enough to rule out any involvement in tonight’s European Championship qualifier against Lithuania at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road.
Ings’ absence from yesterday’s session was more precautionary, but the news will nevertheless come as a blow to the Clarets camp, particularly after Sam Vokes was ruled out of the Wales squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia because of a minor ankle injury, although he should be fit for Burnley’s trip to Suffolk on Saturday Ings is not returning to Turf Moor for treatment but will remain with Gareth Southgate’s squad until after tonight’s game before returning to Gawthorpe.
Vokes meanwhile, trained with Wales yesterday although he will not be risked from the start in their qualifier with Belgium tonight.
The Clarets striker is expected to be among the subs and so should be fit for Burnley on Saturday.
The international break has had some benefit to Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who expects Michael Kightly to be ready to explode when Championship action resumes this weekend.
The Clarets boss was mindful the 27-year-old winger would not be up to match speed when he made the transfer deadline day swoop for a season-long loan from Stoke City.
But now that the former Wolves wide man has put in the hard yards, Dyche is confident he can kick on in the next phase of the campaign and make a bigger attacking impact.
“My job is to see through and look beyond each individual moment,” explained the Burnley manager.
“We knew Kights wasn’t 100 per cent fit as he hadn’t been playing first team football – and that has a different mentality and physicality.
“He’s someone I value as a person and a player, I know what he can offer us and knew he could improve us.”
But Dyche, who signed Kightly on loan from Wolves during his season in charge at Watford, said the winger knows from previous experience not to take his place in the side for granted or let his standards slip. He knows how I work – you do the business, you play; you don’t, you don’t. Simple.
“But he also knows I’m flexible in how I think and look after players,” said the Clarets chief, who revealed Kightly’s road to full match fitness had been carefully monitored.
“I said you won’t play every minute of every game because you’re not fit enough yet, the group are really fit, and he aligned with that. We’ve gradually upped it, and he was excellent in the last game.”
Meanwhile, Burnley’s youth team host Morecambe under 18s in a Lancashire FA Senior Cup tie at Turf Moor tonight (kick-off 7pm).
The Clarets will be without Luke Conlan following his call-up to the Northern Ireland U21 squad.
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