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Sport Defour nearing Burnley return after eight months out

18:55  14 september  2018
18:55  14 september  2018 Source:   goal.com

Defour nears Burnley return with new contract after eight months out

  Defour nears Burnley return with new contract after eight months out Burnley have triggered an extra year in the Belgium international's deal and he is close to making his comeback from injuryBurnley manager Sean Dyche has confirmed Steven Defour's contract has been extended to 2020, with the midfielder close to returning after a long lay-off.

Steven Defour: Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour © Provided by Goal Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has confirmed Steven Defour's contract has been extended to 2020, with the midfielder close to returning after a long lay-off.

Defour has not played since January due to knee and calf injuries, the Belgium international missing the chance to go to the World Cup as a result.

The 30-year-old denied reports this week he was considering leaving Turf Moor and Dyche announced an option to extend his contract for a further year has been taken up by the club.

"That was always the case," Dyche said of Defour's deal being extended at a news conference on Friday.

Hart ready if England come calling - Dyche

  Hart ready if England come calling - Dyche The goalkeeper's future with the Three Lions remains up in the air after missing the World Cup, but the Burnley believes he is ready if called uponBurnley manager Sean Dyche believes Joe Hart is in the kind of form that would warrant a recall to the England squad.

"He was injured at the time and we leave players alone when they're injured, so we didn't go out to the press and say he's here for another two years. But he is, and there's no question in-house what we're talking about."

Burnley have taken just one point from their first four Premier League games but Defour's upcoming return will boost Dyche's midfield options.

"Steven is doing really well," Dyche added. "He's been training with us full-out for a week to 10 days, which is great, and he's looking well and feeling well.

"He will start a games' programme, we're hoping, next week if all goes to plan. He will need a couple of games to build into it and build up to at least 90 minutes."

Johann Gudmundsson and Stephen Ward have been passed fit for Sunday's trip to Wolves but Robbie Brady, Nick Pope and Ben Gibson are unavailable due to injury.

Hart: Burnley need to be team nobody wants to face .
The Clarets goalkeeper turned in a stellar showing during his side's loss against Wolves and has urged them to rediscover their killer instinctJoe Hart has urged Burnley to rediscover the type of performances that made them a team nobody wanted to face last season after their 1-0 defeat at Wolves.

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