Vokes is given the all-clear

Top gun: Sam Vokes pictured scoring the winner at Bolton in February ' one of 21 he netted for Burnley in all competitions this season
Top gun: Sam Vokes pictured scoring the winner at Bolton in February ' one of 21 he netted for Burnley in all competitions this season

Striker Sam Vokes has had the all-clear to begin his rehabilitation following knee surgery.

Hours after being named the Burnley supporters’ clubs’ overall player of the year on Tuesday night, Vokes went to see a surgeon for a check-up, three weeks after his operation on the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Sam Vokes with one of his many awards.

Sam Vokes with one of his many awards.

And the surgeon was happy with what he saw, as the Wales striker prepares to start the long road back to full fitness.

Manager Sean Dyche was pleased with the news: “Everything is fine with Vokesy, it’s all going to plan.

“He’s obviously going to be out for a period, but he’s generally in a good place.

“He’s a great lad, and he knows he more than played his part in what has been achieved.

“He is in good hands, and he will get good support.”

Vokes beat SkyBetChampionship Player of the Year to win the fans’ accolade at Turf Moor earlier this week, but with six players winning player of the year awards on the night, Dyche feels it shows how good a season Burnley have had.

Dyche, who received a fifth nomination for Manager of the Month yesterday morning, and said, ahead of the club’s Player of the Year night on Sunday: “It’s a tough one this year - so many players could get awards again - so many have had good seasons.

“The fans must be scratching their heads.

“Even goal of the season is incredible - team goals, individual goals, there are so many to choose from, and so many good things encapsulate the season we have had.”

Dyche. who won back to back Manager of the Month awards earlier in the season, was delighted to be nominated again, but admitted: “I’ve always made it very clear it wouldn’t be possible without the staff and players.

“The nomination is in my name, but it’s on behalf of the group.

“It’s a great time to get nominated as well, as it suggests we’ve done well at an important time of the season.”

Captain Jason Shackell was also nominated for the Championship Player of the Month award, with the winners announced this morning.