Burnley - Duff Back in Action Soon
UK time is: 02:15:10
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Duff Back in Action Soon

Hearts sank back in September when Clarets fans heard the news that our defender Michael Duff had cruciate ligament damage following an injury in the match against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor.

There were suggestions he would be out for the rest of the season. However, a determined and positive Michael Duff was not going to sulk. Operations were scheduled but the second one was cancelled after some good news indicated that the ligament was beginning to heal.

Five months later, the 27-year-old Northern Ireland international however now looks close to making a first team return having made a remarkable recovery.

His captain,Steven Caldwell speaking to Radio Lancashire confirmed he was close to returning to the first team

'He's looking good in training and I'm sure after a couple of reserve games he will be vying for a place in the side.

'He's a very good friend of mine and I'm very pleased he's back and in the running for a first team spot soon.'

The positive attitude and determination from Duff in getting through this injury was also praised by Caldwell.

'The attitude of the guy from day one has been magnificent.

'He's knuckled down, he never looked negative and worked very hard.'

Caldwell continued: 'Everyone was gutted for Michael when it happened, he is an important member of the squad but I think in a way he's had his just rewards with the news that it wasn't as bad as first feared'.

There was an indication too last week that he could have been fit to play in last Friday's friendly against Bohemians in Ireland. He didn't however travel with the team due to family reasons with his wife expecting their first child anytime soon.

Good news for the Clarets indeed with Duff returning soon as we prepare for our final push for a play-offs place in the last third of the season.

This may cause a back four selection headache for Owen Coyle soon but one I am sure he will relish. There will soon be eight fit defenders competing for four places as discussed in our recent article 'Back Four Claret & Blues'.

So who would you pick from Alexander,Duff, Carlisle,Caldwell,Varga,Unsworth,Harley and Jordan?

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 22 2008

Time: 10:12AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good timing Michael, we might need you in March in a very hectic scheduled against a number of Top 6 clubs
Report Abuse
22/02/2008 10:15:00

Aha, so Duff is now a daddy as well, his child was born on Wednesday. Owen Coyle: "It's an important time to have players coming back, and Michael Duff would have been further down the line but his wife has given birth to a little boy on Wednesday, so maybe he is another three or four weeks away from coming into contention."
Report Abuse
22/02/2008 12:27:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

Vital Report - Burnley 1-1 Brighton (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Dyche & Mee Pleased With A Point (Monday November 23 2015)

Video - Brighton Highlights (h) (Monday November 23 2015)

Audio - Dyche & Mee Talk Brighton (Sunday November 22 2015)

Kevin Isn't Going For Long (Saturday November 21 2015)

Match Day Officials v Brighton (Thursday November 19 2015)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Burnley 1 - 1 Brighton
Wolves 0 - 0 Burnley
Burnley 3 - 1 Fulham
Burnley 2 - 1 Huddersfield
Blackburn 0 - 1 Burnley
Forest 1 - 1 Burnley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Brighton 17 9 8 0 9 35
3. Middlesbrough 17 10 3 4 13 33
4. Derby County 17 9 6 2 13 33
5. Burnley 17 9 6 2 9 33
6. Birmingham 17 8 4 5 6 28
7. Reading 17 7 6 4 7 27
8. Sheff Wed 17 7 6 4 3 27

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

RUFC - Defender Has Ban Reduced
Rotherham : 24/11/2015 23:14:00
Competition: Win a match-day experience with Panos Pavlakis!
Birmingham : 24/11/2015 20:47:01
Rams In For Left Back?
Derby County : 24/11/2015 20:39:01
LUFC Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) - Ticket Information
Leeds Utd : 24/11/2015 19:00:01
RUFC - Camp To Leeds?
Rotherham : 24/11/2015 18:29:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Brighton MotM
Suggested By:  VitalBurnley
Heaton 3%
Darikwa 16%
Duff 0%
Keane 0%
Mee 16%
Boyd 16%
Jones 0%
Barton 33%
Arfield 0%
Hennings 0%
Gray 16%
Sub:-Long 0%