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Thursday 15 November 2018

Injury setback for Brady

Brady has not played a competitive game since he suffered a knee injury in December. Pic: Getty Images
Brady has not played a competitive game since he suffered a knee injury in December. Pic: Getty Images

Burnley will not rush Robbie Brady into action after the Ireland star suffered a setback in his recovery from a serious injury.

Brady has not played a competitive game since he suffered a knee injury in December. He did play a part in the the Clarets' pre-season programme but he did not feature in their three Europa League games and was not in the squad for the opening game of the Premier League season on Sunday.

And boss Sean Dyche admits that he will take his time before introducing injured players like Brady, Matej Vydra and Steven Defour, with Vydra given a run-out in a behind-closed-doors game with the reserves yesterday.

"It's nothing too serious we don't think," Dyche said of Brady's injury setback.

"Steven Defour is not ready, he's going to be a number of weeks I think.

"Robbie is closer, but we still have to be careful, they've been out months and it's important they come back with every chance go be up and running and not throw them back too quickly."

Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick were the only members of Burnley's five-strong Irish contingent to feature in the Premier League draw with Southampton, though Kevin Long and Jon Walters could come into contention for Thursday's Europa League game at home to Turkish side Basaksehir as Brady takes his time in his recovery from that season-ending knee injury nine months ago.

Martin O'Neill is due in Dublin in two weeks' time to name his squad for the opening game of the Nations League, away to Wales in September and he already has a number of injury worries to deal with.

Players like Brady, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady are all recovering from long-term injuries and they face a battle to be fit for the game in Cardiff, while Seán Maguire definitely misses out through injury. Maguire has been ruled out for two months.

McGeady, whose international future is in doubt, has not played for Sunderland this season and is not expected to be fit to play for his club until later this month.

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