Brave Burnley defender's knee agony

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

CONSISTENT Claret Ben Mee is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage in the derby.

The left back picked up the injury during the 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, but carried on to complete the full game.

However, the extent of the problem became clearer yesterday, with the former Manchester City defender reporting a ligament tear.

“Managed to tear my medial ligament in my knee midway through the game on Sunday,” said the 23-year-old, announcing the news via his Twitter account.

He added that he expected to be out for between four to six weeks and that he was ‘gutted’, but Burnley manager Sean Dyche was reluctant to put a timeframe on Mee’s absence.

“It’s a blow for Ben and we will have to give the knee a chance to settle down and then fully assess the injury,” Dyche said.

“We are hoping it will be sooner, rather than later, but we are expecting it will be weeks, rather than days.

“But I don’t look at problems, I try to look at solutions and it’s a great chance for someone else to step in and show what they’re about.”

It is not the first time that Mee has missed out through injury this season since establishing himself at left back.

The former England Under 21 international has only recently come back from a foot problem, which forced him to sit out back-to-back defeats to Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.

Mee also missed the 4-0 humbling at Cardiff City before Dyche’s appointment at the end of October.

Burnley have been on the losing side only once in the league when Mee has started.

Nevertheless, boss Dyche will see the defender’s absence as an opportunity as an opportunity for someone else and make the most of the competition for places that has been prominent since the former Watford boss’s appointment.

Danny Lafferty stepped in for Mee when he was last ruled out, and the Northern Ireland international would be the favourite again, but he will be pushed for the place by on-loan Reading left back Joseph Mills.

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10:33am Wed 5 Dec 12

burnleyfan4life says...

He should not have carried on - he was awful in the second half - This explains why - His extremely poor show was the main reason for our second half showing - lost the ball quite a lot - Did he not inform the manager of any problem??
He should not have carried on - he was awful in the second half - This explains why - His extremely poor show was the main reason for our second half showing - lost the ball quite a lot - Did he not inform the manager of any problem?? burnleyfan4life
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11:44am Wed 5 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

burnleyfan4life wrote:
He should not have carried on - he was awful in the second half - This explains why - His extremely poor show was the main reason for our second half showing - lost the ball quite a lot - Did he not inform the manager of any problem??
Agreed. Could have cost us the game.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyfan4life[/bold] wrote: He should not have carried on - he was awful in the second half - This explains why - His extremely poor show was the main reason for our second half showing - lost the ball quite a lot - Did he not inform the manager of any problem??[/p][/quote]Agreed. Could have cost us the game. FCBurnley
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12:26pm Wed 5 Dec 12

vintageclaret says...

Must agree with above two quotes, the missus made similar comments when we were leaving the Turf. It's better to admit your struggling and come off sooner than to weaken the team.

Have to commend him for his loyalty to the side and for his past games where he has put his body on the line and hope he makes a full, successful recovery
Must agree with above two quotes, the missus made similar comments when we were leaving the Turf. It's better to admit your struggling and come off sooner than to weaken the team. Have to commend him for his loyalty to the side and for his past games where he has put his body on the line and hope he makes a full, successful recovery vintageclaret
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1:32pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health.
From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead.
Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health. From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead. Return of the Magnificent se7en
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2:15pm Wed 5 Dec 12

midas says...

Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health. From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead.
You even read stories about our injured players!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health. From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead.[/p][/quote]You even read stories about our injured players!!!! midas
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3:06pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

midas wrote:
Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health. From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead.
You even read stories about our injured players!!!!
Yup as he got injured during the derby I wanted to wish him all the best, whats wrong with that? For some on these pages the hatred runs too deep, I like the banter an all but when it comes to injuries and violence and things like that, count me out, thats over stepping the mark.
Again I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope he can be involved for the return leg at ewood where we can demolish his inner belief and leave him totally demoralised but healthy :0)
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Its nice to see that you halfwits are more concerned about the result than your own players health. From a Rovers fan mate, I wish you a full and speedy recovery and if and when you do get well again, hand in a transfer request to get away from these banjo pluckin self serving numpties, still I expect no less from the braindead.[/p][/quote]You even read stories about our injured players!!!![/p][/quote]Yup as he got injured during the derby I wanted to wish him all the best, whats wrong with that? For some on these pages the hatred runs too deep, I like the banter an all but when it comes to injuries and violence and things like that, count me out, thats over stepping the mark. Again I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope he can be involved for the return leg at ewood where we can demolish his inner belief and leave him totally demoralised but healthy :0) Return of the Magnificent se7en
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4:15pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Fan@clared says...

This Rovers fan is like most of his team. Brain dead. Ben should not have played the second half and it was from his position that led to Rovers goal. Otherwise they would never have scored. Could be in for another gane without a win on Friday. Not promotion form at all.
This Rovers fan is like most of his team. Brain dead. Ben should not have played the second half and it was from his position that led to Rovers goal. Otherwise they would never have scored. Could be in for another gane without a win on Friday. Not promotion form at all. Fan@clared
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4:32pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Fan@clared wrote:
This Rovers fan is like most of his team. Brain dead. Ben should not have played the second half and it was from his position that led to Rovers goal. Otherwise they would never have scored. Could be in for another gane without a win on Friday. Not promotion form at all.
Your concern for the lad speaks volumes, just like the rest of you numpties
[quote][p][bold]Fan@clared[/bold] wrote: This Rovers fan is like most of his team. Brain dead. Ben should not have played the second half and it was from his position that led to Rovers goal. Otherwise they would never have scored. Could be in for another gane without a win on Friday. Not promotion form at all.[/p][/quote]Your concern for the lad speaks volumes, just like the rest of you numpties Return of the Magnificent se7en
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