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READING: INJURY UPDATE

27 January 2018

NIGEL Clough could welcome back Ben Turner for Tuesday's visit of Reading after he missed Saturday's trip to Fulham.

The defender missed the defeat to Fulham through injury after colliding with the post against QPR but the Albion boss is hoping that Turner can make a comeback on Tuesday.

He said: "Ben had a scan earlier this week, it has actually come from when he ran into the post against QPR. He got quite a nasty bang on his shin and then he calf swelled up around the back and that is where it has come from. That just needs to settle down, nothing major and we are hoping that he will be OK for Tuesday."

Burton have been hit with illness over the past couple of months, and a small handful of players have missed training this week due to a bug.

"Kyle McFadzean has gone down with a bug this week, anywhere you works anywhere there's two or three going off, you reckon on 10 or 20 percent, we have had two or three with it this week, unfortunately," said Clough.

The positive news is that Liam Boyce has returned to full training after his ACL rupture in a pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Town. Nigel Clough is hoping that the return of Albion's record signing will give everybody a big boost.

He said: "With 18 games to go, there is no point carrying 24 players and the best news that we have had is that Liam Boyce is stepping up his recovery and will probably join in and do a bit of training tomorrow.

"He won't be flying into tackles but it is difficult to stop him, so you have to put him in as a floater first of all, so there is no contact really. In pre-season, we saw him flying in with a goalkeeper against Wimbledon and you are thinking 'don't go into that tackle' and, ironically enough, he gets injured with nobody near him.

"Having him back and around has been a big lift, he did some finishing yesterday and just from doing that, you can see the sort of quality that he has.

"Martin has lifted it coming in, Boycey being back and getting another two or three in will left it as well. The only downside is that the one who always lifts everybody's spirits is Will Miller in his training and everything that he does. He is going to be a big miss in the next three months."

Will Miller had an operation on a dislocated knee cap last Saturday, and the surgery went 'as well as it could have done' according to Clough.

"He was quite comfortable Saturday but he was in a lot of pain on Sunday and Monday. He is back down in London for a few days and then he will come back up and start rehab next week."


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