Burnley star Mee could return for run-in - Medical expert

By Ben Dinnery

13th May, 2022 | 7:00am

Medical expert issues 'surprise' Ben Mee claim after Burnley training ground reveal

Burnley skipper Ben Mee could easily spring a “surprise” and feature in the last two games of the relegation battle.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Mee, 32, has been sidelined with a hairline fractured fibula since the beginning of March.

The centre-back has become part of the temporary management team in that time following Sean Dyche’s exit last month.

Michael Jackson, the most senior member of the four-man interim team, told Lancs Live last Thursday (5 May) that Mee is now “back on grass and doing some more running.”

And Dinnery claims that the Turf Moor favourite could play a role in the run-in as Burnley battle to beat the drop.

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“He will have spent in excess of two and a half months on the sidelines by the time he returns,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“Might he be in a position to feature? I wouldn’t rule it out. Decisions at this stage of the season are made very much in isolation and with the relegation battle taken into account.

“He bleeds claret and blue and he’s now part of the coaching team. If they can get him running outside and involved in full-contact training, there is maybe an opportunity for him in the last two games.

“Things can surprise you at this stage of the season. Look at Issa Diop at West Ham. We thought his season was over but he was on the bench because they needed another body.”

Burnley are currently outside the bottom three on goal difference and have a game in hand over 18th-place Leeds United.

Mee has netted three times in 24 appearances this season.

In other news, West Ham make move to beat Everton to James Tarkowski signing.