JEFF Hendrick has got a 'real good chance' of making his Burnley return against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been out with a thigh injury for the past three matches, but he is back in training and is set to play a part against the Reds.

Hendrick has missed the EFL Cup tie against Blackburn and the league games against Tottenham and Crystal Palace with the injury, as well as Ireland's last two World Cup qualifiers, but he is now close to a return.

"Jeff has got a real good chance this week, so by not risking him last week we’ve given him a much stronger change (this week)," said Clarets chief Sean Dyche.

"He trained with us today but it’s just to make sure he comes through tomorrow."

Burnley will of course be without goalkeeper Tom Heaton at Anfield after surgery on a dislocated shoulder this week.

Fellow long-term absentee Dean Marney is making good progress though as he battles back from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

"He’s going really well. He’s starting the end bit of going back to full fitness, and that can take time," said Dyche.

"He’s coming out of working on the grass on his own to really light work in groups, passing drills and things like that. It’s just really steady at the moment, but he’s in good spirits.

"He’s been through a lot so mentally and physically fit is important."