Burnley V Wolverhampton at Turf Moor : Match Preview

02 November 2012 02:01
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Dyche waits on duo

Sean Dyche will assess Ross Wallace and Marvin Bartley ahead of his first game in charge of Burnley against Wolves at Turf Moor.

Dyche was confirmed as Eddie Howe's successor on Tuesday, when he took his first training session at the Clarets' Gawthorpe training base.

Winger Wallace and midfielder Bartley have returned to the first-team group following respective hamstring and groin problems and the duo face late fitness tests.

Ben Mee will return to bolster Burnley's porous defence having served a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards and his new manager is relishing the prospect of back-to-back home games to kick-off his reign, with Leeds next on the agenda in east Lancashire.

"I'm looking forward to every game," Dyche said. "It's helpful that they are at home.

"It's obviously a really big game against a team that have just come out of the Premier League and are expected to be right back up there again this year."

Wolves are not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns.

Wanderers have dropped off the pace in the npower Championship following just one win in their last five games and face a tough task against a Clarets side who will be keen to impress their new boss.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's half-time withdrawal during last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Charlton was merely tactical, meaning the striker again competes for a starting berth.

As do the likes of Bjorn Sigurdarson, Dave Edwards and Anthony Forde although manager Stale Solbakken's options are limited due to his depleted squad.

Wayne Hennessey made his second reserve appearance since his comeback from a long-term knee injury in midweek but the goalkeeper will enjoy one more outing for the second string before being considered for first-team duty.

Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf), Stephen Hunt (hip), George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) all remain sidelined.

Source: PA