Thommo on the way back but no Hines variety for Clarets
By Tony Scholes
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2011
Burnley's lack of forward options, with the injuries to Steven Thompson, Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin, has seen us sign Nathan Delfouneso on loan from Aston Villa and saw us linked yesterday with West Ham's Zavon Hines.
HInes, who made seven substitute appearances in the Championship for Coventry three years ago, is however very unlikely to join the Clarets today on the last day of the loan window although manager Eddie Howe is still looking for potential signings.
Will we get anyone? Howe said: "We have got our feelers out there. "We are looking, but if nothing happens I will be happy with the squad going into the last month."
That squad could soon be boosted by an early return for Steven Thompson who had groin surgery earlier this month. It was thought initially that he could be out for six to eight weeks or even for the season.
It now looks as though there could be an earlier return for the former Cardiff striker who has been used mainly as a substitute in the last two seasons. "Thommo is way ahead of schedule," Howe reported.
"He is looking good at the moment. We thought Thommo would be gone for the season but we are now hopeful we can get him back before then. He may well train next week which would be a big positive for us."
It's looking less and less likely that Martin Paterson will return this season but the news on Thompson is a big boost as is the news that Dean Marney should be fit ahead of the next game and Chris McCann is doing well.
"Chris McCann is still training and working hard and hopefully he will have a game soon," said Howe. That game could just come next week with the chance of him featuring in the reserve game. Reserve team coach Ash Hoskin will need some midfield recruits too with Alex-Ray Harvey out on loan at Fleetwood and Chris Anderson ruled out with injury.