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Burnley ace Ben Mee ready to fight for his place in the team
8:35am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Football
BEN Mee says he is ready to face the season head-on, after overcoming a summer injury setback.
The defender had a three-month spell on the sidelines last term after suffering a knee injury at home to rivals Blackburn Rovers in December.
Mee’s comeback stalled after a red card at Ewood Park in the return derby fixture in March, and then a hamstring strain cut his campaign short with three games to go in a dramatic finale.
The 23-year-old was ready to hit the ground running in August, but a further knee injury sustained in a friendly with Cork meant Mee was ruled him out of the season opener against Bolton Wanderers.
But after reclaiming his first team place, the full back is now determined to keep his shirt ahead of Northern Ireland international Danny Lafferty heading into the East Lancashire derby next weekend.
The former Manchester City trainee was initially kept out by the form of Lafferty until the Capital One Cup derby with Preston.
Mee was among four changes manager Sean Dyche made to the team which had lost their previous game at Brighton.
And Mee knows he has a real battle to make the left-back spot his own.
He said: “Laffers has done really well so far but I’m always looking to get back into the team as quickly as possible and do my best for the side.
“It’s nice to have a bit of competition there, it’s always going to improve you.
“Hopefully we’ll get a few more wins and carry on the way we started,” said Mee, who admitted he couldn’t believe his run of bad luck with injuries carried on in the summer.
“I just thought I’d got a knock on the outside of my knee but then you kind of feel other things and I came off.
“It wasn’t necessarily weak, it was just the impact of the tackle that knocked the area.
“I got the scan back and it showed I’d strained some ligaments – pulled them apart – on the inside of my knee.
“It was just a recurrence but it’s been frustrating. It’s the first time in my short career that I’ve had so many injuries in such a short space of time.
“It’s been hard to get my head around but hopefully it’s behind me and I can look forward now and hopefully stay fit. I feel good at the moment.”
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