Burnley v Hull City preview
A host of Burnley's injury victims are closing in on a return to fitness but Monday's televised npower Championship clash against Hull at Turf Moor is expected to come too soon.
Defensive duo Michael Duff (calf) and Ben Mee (knee) are due to resume training at some stage next week but are doubtful for the visit of Steve Bruce's high-flyers.
Winger Ross Wallace (knee) is likely to miss out once more and although Dean Marney trained last week, tightness in the calf looks set to prevent him from facing his former club.
Marney's fellow midfielder Chris McCann returned as a second-half substitute in Tuesday night's 1-1 home draw with Barnsley following a hamstring strain and could push for a start having suffered no ill-effects.
Hull midfielder Corry Evans has been ruled out due to a thigh strain.
Evans sustained the injury during the warm-up ahead of the midweek defeat at Crystal Palace and is expected to be out for a fortnight.
Manager Steve Bruce has no other new injury or suspension problems and could name an unchanged starting line-up as his promotion chasers look to bounce back from their 4-2 setback at Selhurst Park.
Defenders Paul McShane (hamstring) and Abdoulaye Faye (calf) returned to the bench on Tuesday night and could feature if Bruce wants to make changes, while midfielder Tom Cairney remains doubtful after sustaining an unspecified injury in training on Monday.
Strikers Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt have both undergone successful operations to repair respective Achilles tendon injuries.
The Tigers slipped out of the automatic promotion places earlier in the week but trail second-placed Watford by a single point.