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McCann Returns & Scores in Kiev Game

The Clarets played a training game against Dynamo Kiev yesterday in Portugal and although we lost 2-1 there was a welcome return for Chris McCann.

McCann has had a torrid time with injuries this seaosn. He picked up a serious injury in the game against Sunderland at Turf Moor back in September. The damage to his cruciate and medial ligaments had kept him sidelined until January when he returned in our FA Cup clash against Reading at the Madejeski. In our next match though against Bolton at the Reebok, he picked up another knee injury in the first few minutes of the game and hobbled off. Thankfully this was not too serious and was not a recurrence of the original injury. McCann had returned to training but had still not played since the Bolton game.

Burnley had no scheduled game to play over this weekend having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Reading. The 5th Round ties are being played today and there are no Premier League fixtures.

Brian Laws took advanatge of the break to take his squad over to Portugal for some team-bonding and training in warmer conditions.

They also arranged a training game yesterday afternoon against Ukranian League leaders, Dynamo Kiev. The idea had been to take the team to sunnier climes but a torrential downpour in the morning had threatened to cancel the match. Thankfully though it cleared up enough for the match to proceed.

Burnley put out quite a strong team with Laws selecting a number of the players who were knocking on the door for a starting eleven place.Eagles, Bikey and Elliott were three players who also came on to play from the bench.

Stephen Jordan who had been suffering from a hamstring injury also made a return along with McCann. Our new keeper, Nicky Weaver had the chance to play for the full 90 minutes.

The team lined up as follows:

Weaver, Eckersley, Duff, Jordan, Kalvenes, Cork, McCann, Blake, Nimani, Thompson, Paterson

Subs Used: Eagles, Bikey, Elliott

Chris McCann played for 45 minutes and indeed played well and scored our goal.

Laws talking about the match said:

'I was delighted with how we played. Chris looked good and obviously it was nice to see him back on the pitch. Jack Cork was excellent, Chris Eagles did well when he came on, Nimani had a good game and was unlucky not to score and they all did well'

The Clarets are flying home today (Saturday 13th Feb) with our next game against Aston Villa at Villa Park a week tomorrow (Sunday 21st Feb @2pm KO)

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 13 2010

Time: 8:43AM

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Good for McCann and its nice to see both Cork and Nimani doing well. Guerrero the new Van der Schaaf?
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13/02/2010 08:46:00

I am still in the dark as to what is Mr Laws preferred team. Do not think this was but with what has happened so far, who knows? He seems to be still sorting it out but the sooner the better, time is running out.
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13/02/2010 08:52:00

Interesting point about Guerrero Phil - If he was in Laws plans at all then surely he would have featured at some point in the game? Assuming he isnt injured of course.
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13/02/2010 10:10:00

The trouble is that we are in far too precarious a position to risk unknown quanities and he was a Susan recruit so it's even harder for the lad - even though she didn't play him either. When we win our next seven games and are safe then he will be given a run out. I think we are playing Aston Villa the week before they are at Wembley aren't we? Let's hope they take it easy then! Just watched the Swansea - Newcastle game and talk about robbery, Swansea completely dominated and played fantastic football! It emphasised to me how good the top of the Championship is. Up the Clarets!
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13/02/2010 15:19:00

I hope your right Ozjean and we win our next 7 games, that would be blinking fantastic.
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13/02/2010 17:45:00

Swansea play superb football ozjean, Sousa has carried on and taken further what Martinez started.
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14/02/2010 00:35:00

Not sure,Dale who else was on the bench for this kick-about, it might have been the whole squad. Reports only mention who came on as sub not those unused. Guerrero surely has to be given a chance sometime, at least name him on the bench. He can look an exciting player and if we get a couple of goals up let's bring him on and give him more experience. I still reckon he is better entertainment value than Elliott at the moment
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14/02/2010 11:19:00

Better entertainment value - probably. But Can he be trusted to do the work for the team that Wade does? I am not so sure. I am not convinced we will see Fernando with any more first team minutes in a Burnley shirt.
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14/02/2010 21:00:00

Nice to see McCann back again, I do think we have missed him. If Big Kev could have more confidence and MCCann back to his best I think theres a partnership there, but theres alot of Ifs!
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15/02/2010 19:46:00

You can watch the highlights of the kick-about on this Dynamo Kiev video but count the goals though!! ;-) -http://www.fcdynamo.kiev.ua/en/video
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16/02/2010 14:12:00


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