Winger sees specialist with knee injury

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Midfielder Steven Defour could return to contention for Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.

But wideman Johann Berg Gudmundsson went to see a specialist today to get to the bottom of his troublesome medial knee ligament injury.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Defour played 70 minutes at the Barnfield Training Centre on Tuesday against a touring side from Edmonton, having been out since January 31st with a hamstring injury. Boss Sean Dyche said: “We’ll have to make a judgement call, 70 minutes obviously isn’t a full game but he came through clear, which is good news.

“We made a call on getting him off, he’s been out a reasonable amount of time, and it was precautionary.”

But Gudmundsson’s knee problem, sustained early in the FA Cup defeat against Lincoln City, is a worry: “Johann’s is still niggling on. We thought that would have settled down.

“It’s a medial ligament strain and just hasn’t settled down as quickly as you would expect.

"He has seen a specialist, but he's not worried about it."