Winger Dyer still working towards match fitness

Lloyd Dyer takes on David Jones during his time with Leicester City
Lloyd Dyer takes on David Jones during his time with Leicester City

Clarets winger Lloyd Dyer is still building up his fitness before he is available for first team action, after joining as a free agent two weeks ago.

“He’s been training well. He hasn’t played a lot of football, building up through the Christmas period and into his situation coming out of Watford, so we’ve got to make sure - I’m a great believer in the principle that you have to be ready to perform, not perform to be ready.

“He’s been doing some really good fitness work with the science team and he’s building that into football work with us.

“Then we’ll get him a bit of a game, maybe a full game, and then take it from there, but he’s going well, he’s enjoying it.”

Burnley are also continuing to monitor Michael Keane.

Keane had played every minute of the Clarets’ Championship campaign this season before a blow to the head forced him off just after the half hour at home to Rotherham last Saturday.

James Tarkowski came on for his debut, and he has started the last two games, with Keane ruled out for a minimum six days under FA protocols.

Dyche said: “Keano (Michael Keane) we are monitoring, to make sure he’s well.

“He’s feeling good at the moment, but we’ll see.

“Tarky’s chance has come quite quickly as it happens, and your chance can come through many different things, someone gets injured, a suspension, change of form, change of formation...it’s important they’re ready to take the chance.”