Burnley coach praises Brady ahead of comeback

Burnley winger Robbie Brady says he is determined to make a flying start to next season following his recent injury woes.

Robbie Brady is closing in on a first-team return for Burnley, and coach Steve Stone has been impressed by his focus during his recovery from injury.

Brady is yet to feature for the Clarets this season due to a rib injury but he should be available for selection after the international break.

The 27-year-old winger has been training with Burnley’s Under-23 side in recent weeks in a bid to regain his fitness.

Burnley’s development squad head coach Stone has been impressed by Brady’s attitude and feels he is now ready to challenge for a first-team return.

“He’s getting himself back to fitness and now he can push for that first team place he’s been waiting for,” he told the club website.

“He’s been a little unlucky with that rib injury he suffered a month ago and it’s been a bit of a stop-start season for him, but it’s good that he’s come and played a couple of games with us.

“It’s not easy for first team players to come and play U23 football. It’s very different to what they are used to, so all credit to him.”

Burnley have made a solid start to the season with four points from four games so far, which is a decent return considering they have come up against current leaders Liverpool and Arsenal, going down 3-0 to the Merseysiders and 2-1 to the Gunners.

Brady could well face a fight to secure a return to the starting XI but if he is deemed fit enough to feature after the international break his return will provide manager Sean Dyche with a timely boost.

Dwight McNeil, who impressed in the defeat to Liverpool over the weekend, has been forced to pull out of the latest England Under-21 squad due to a minor injury.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has also had to pull out of the Iceland squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania with a calf injury.

If McNeil and Gudmundsson are forced to sit out Burnley’s next Premier League game, a trip to Brighton on September 14, then Brady could find himself in the matchday squad.

Brady managed 16 Premier League appearances for the Clarets last season and played in the Republic of ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar over the summer.

The Clarets wideman hasn’t been included in the ROI squad for this month’s games against Switzerland and Bulgaria but he is on the standby list.