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Caldwell Back in Training

Clarets captain, Steven Caldwell has not had much luck this season.

A few days before the Premier League season started, he played for Scotland away to Norway in Oslo in a World Cup 2010 qualifying game. His first cap for sometime.

The Scots though were thumped 4-0 and Steven saw his brother, Gary sent off before picking up a yellow card himself and in the end being lucky to stay on the pitch. In hindsight maybe it would have been better had he been sent off, instead of which he picked up a groin injury before being substituted by George Burley.

Owen Coyle was already furious that Internationals were being held in the week before our first season in the Premier league kicked off. He was even more annoyed when he realised his captain would not be available for our opening game away to Stoke City.

The groin strain has since kept him out of all our games and in the meantime Caldwell has seen Scotland fail to qualify for the World Cup and a strong partnership between new signing, Andre Bikey and Clarke Carlisle develop in the Clarets centre of defence.

Even if we was now at full fitness he could struggle to get back in the side due to the competition these days in the back four.

However, he does seem to now be making progress and the good news coming on the back of the grim news concerning Chris McCann's medial ligament injury is that Caldwell was back in training today.

It is probably too soon for him to feature in tomorrow's Carling Cup clash against Barnsley at Oakwell but if he is fit enough, Coyle might be tempted to at least name him in the eigtheen and give him a run out from the bench.

This will certainly be a game where Coyle will give some of his fringe players a chance to play but it remains to be seen if Caldwell will get a chance.

Michael Duff though has already recovered from his ankle injury and is chomping at the bit to get back in the side and play his first game of season. Duff is probably likely to be ahead of Caldwell at the moment in terms of fitness and pecking order and he could be one name that could be in the eighteen.

Good luck to Steven though, it will be good to have him back in contention and giving Bikey and Carlisle something else to think about whilst keeping them on their toes.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 21 2009

Time: 4:31PM

Your Comments

Just a little wobble or two on Saturday from Bikey and Carlisle so it will be good to have both Duff and Caldwell breathing down their necks. It will stop any thoughts of complacency with more competition. Wonder if we are ever going to see Edgar?
turfmanphil
I am looking forward to his return and feel the back 3 need the captain back. Jordan would get told when he wanders off and the others would be quick to listen too! It's fair to say I am not Caldwells greatest fan but believe we have better shape and leadership with him on the pitch. Plus its a game of opinions of course!
VinRogue
We are certainly in healthy shape as far as the back four options are concerned. It takes me ages to think of them all and then type their names. So its Mears, Eckersley, Duff, Carlisle, Bikey, Caldwell, Edgar, Jordan, Kalvenes and Easton. Did I miss anybody? Then of course we have Alexander who can play right back not to mention Elliott plus McCann in the centre when not injured. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
I wonder what will happen when the skip is back. Caldwell-Bikey central pairing? We have been playing without a defender on the bench recently - will this continue?
Claretdale
If Bikey and Carlisle continue to play well together I can see Caldwell struggling to get back into starting eleven and he may have to be content with bench along with Duff and Edgar
turfmanphil
Great to see the skipper coming back into contention but as said I think a place on the bench.
8clarets8
Yep has to be unless injuries/suspensions dictate otherwise
turfmanphil
I assume Bikey will be first choice centre half, with Mears a first choice right back. I think the other two places are still up for grabs.
Claretdale
 

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