Mee back in contention to face Seagulls

Ben Mee on the attack.
Ben Mee on the attack.

Defender Ben Mee is expected to be back in contention to face Brighton on Tuesday night at Turf Moor.

The 24-year-old declared himself fit for Saturday’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday, after missing four of the previous five games with a thigh problem.

But boss Sean Dyche didn’t want to risk Mee aggravating the injury, and has given the former Manchester City youngster extra time to get 100% right to return.

Mee sat out the 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day, as well as the goa-less draw at Wigan Athletic three days later.

He returned for the New Year’s Day win over Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor, but was forced off with a recurrence of the problem in the second half.

Mee has subsequently missed the trips to Southampton and Yeovil Town, but was back in full training ahead of Saturday’s game with the Owls at Turf Moor.

Northern Ireland international Danny Lafferty has performed well in his absence, and Dyche said: “It was my call with Ben whether he was involved or not on Saturday.

“He’d had a niggly thigh and he had a problem with it again a couple of weeks ago so yet just though ‘it needs to be right’. We were worried it might not be.

“He trained well on Thursday and Friday with the group, but now we’ve got that chance to make sure that it’s right.”

Mee, after an injury-hit season last term, wasn’t available for the start of the season due to a knee injury picked up against Cork in pre-season, but was an ever-present from the Capital One Cup second round win over Preston in late August before Boxing Day - his return co-inciding with an 11-game unbeaten run.

He has only experienced defeat once in the league all season to date, at Huddersfield.