Royle wary of Clarets

JOE Royle may have found Stan Ternent's book extremely funny but he won't be laughing if his old mate puts one over on him today, writes Derek Davis.The Blues boss has the Indian sign over the Burnley boss and has rarely had a team beaten by Ternent at any of the four clubs he has managed.

JOE Royle may have found Stan Ternent's book extremely funny but he won't be laughing if his old mate puts one over on him today, writes Derek Davis.

The Blues boss has the Indian sign over the Burnley boss and has rarely had a team beaten by Ternent at any of the four clubs he has managed.

But even after gaining a draw at Turf Moor last season, where Drissa Diallo made his Burnley debut, and then beating them 6-1 at Portman Road in October, Royle is not taking his old mate lightly.

Royle said: "Burnley are hard to beat. From the reports we have had, they could have won at Millwall in the cup last week.


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"They are well-drilled, organised and they are unbeaten in the league this year. Stan continues to get the best out of players and I have a lot of time for Stan as a manager and a friend so we know it won't be easy."

Town will be boosted by the return of defender Fabian Wilnis who has recovered from a shoulder injury. He also took a whack on his ankle in training from Alfie Kamara but won't let that stop him.

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He said: "I'm looking to play. I'm a bit sore in a coupe of places but hopefully I will be involved."

With Wilnis fit to play, Jermaine Wright can take up his preferred role on the right of midfield.

Chris Bart-Williams did not travel to the north-west yesterday as his back was playing up again, so Shefki Kuqi and Darren Bent are expected to maintain their partnership, before the Finn starts a one-match ban for five bookings.

That leaves Pablo Counago on the bench with fellow striker Dean Bowditch, who was with the England Under-19s in Holland during the week.

John McGreal and Richard Naylor are also likely to stick together which means Georges Santos also having to settle for a substitute's role.

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