McEveley in squad for Mansfield

Last updated : 01 January 2004 By Tony Scholes

With a depleted squad made worse with the absence of Glen Little (hamstring injury) and Arthur Gnohere (suspension) we have, including McEveley, just sixteen players to choose from.

There were suggestions that our neighbours Blackburn Rovers would not allow the young defender to play with much of this speculation coming about after they allowed Andy Todd to play in the Carling Cup at Scunthorpe for us.

Todd returned to Ewood, got back in the side, and was then cup tied when they played Liverpool in the competition during a defensive crisis.

But despite this Graeme Souness has given us the all clear to play the youngster in the important game giving Stan some extra options as he looks to try and solve the continuing problem of the leaky defence.

This could finally mean McEveley getting his first start in Burnley colours where early suggestions are that he might partner David May in the centre of the back four.