MATT Lowton and Ben Mee are both available for Burnley's trip to Brighton this weekend, but Stephen Ward faces a battle to be fit.

The left-back went off in the first-half of Tuesday's win over Stoke City with a knee problem and he didn't train on Thursday.

Sean Dyche said Ward's fitness would be assessed on Friday ahead of the Amex Stadium clash on Saturday.

But the defensive injury woes for the Clarets have eased with the return of Lowton and Mee, who are both back in training and fit to face the Seagulls.

Asked about Ward's fitness, Dyche said: "We'll wait and find out. He's had a down day today (Thursday), it's second day recovery.

"We'll find out tomorrow. He's had a knee problem, we're protecting it a bit.

"Matt Lowton will be available, as will Ben Mee."

Nahki Wells has been back on the bench recently as he waits for a Burnley debut, while Dean Marney and Jon Walters are continuing their return to fitness.

"Nahki's got a chance because of injuries and suspensions and good work from himself," Dyche said.

"Deano's still getting fitter and stronger. Jon Walters equally. I believe in players being absolutely fit. Mentally, physically everything it encompasses.

"They are on their way. Hopefully we'll be in good shape over Christmas."