BEN Mee could return to the Burnley side for the clash with Stoke but Matt Lowton is set to be absent once again.

Mee missed his first Premier League game of the season on Saturday after receiving stitches in a knee injury he picked up against Leicester City the week before.

Kevin Long impressed in the win over Watford but Clarets chief Sean Dyche said Mee was in with a change of returning at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

But it looks like Lowton will miss a fourth league game in a row with a knee injury of his own, with Phil Bardsley set to keep his place at right-back.

"Lowts has a chance but I am not so sure. Possibly improbable I would say for this, but he is close," Dyche said.

"Ben Mee has got a chance but we have to make a decision because of the nature of it. He was touch and go for the weekend so we will make a decision. But Kevin Long did well so I am pleased with him."

Dyche revealed Robbie Brady is still recovering from the operation on his left knee last Wednesday and that 'it is too early to worry about the long-term view'.

Of Tom Heaton's recovery from a dislocated shoulder, Dyche added: "He is on schedule so we are pleased with that but it’s not one you can rush, particularly with a goalkeeper for obvious reasons.

"The team are happy with it, and he is happy with it at the minute. He is progressing nicely."