The international break has been beneficial to Burnley with several first team stars boosting their fitness ahead of the return of Premier League action.

Fitness is of paramount importance to manager Sean Dyche, who already has a lean squad to choose from – let alone when you factor in injuries.

The Clarets haven’t enjoyed a positive start to the new season either, losing all three of their Premier League fixtures so far.

With the away trip to West Brom next up, Dyche will know the importance of registering the first points of the season against a side who have also struggled so far.

The international break may have inadvertently handed Burnley a better opportunity to do that, with players using the gap in the schedule to boost fitness levels.

New signing Dale Stephens has looked off the pace since his arrival from Brighton on a 2-year deal last month, but 2 weeks of training will no doubt have sharpened him up ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns.

Ashley Barnes didn’t feature for Burnley throughout Project Restart as he recovered from surgery, but now the striker is back in training and made his comeback against Newcastle last time out. Along will fellow forward Jay Rodriguez, Barnes will be using the two-week break to get back up to speed.

Perhaps the biggest boost for Burnley on the injury front comes at the back.

The Clarets have conceded 8 goals in their opening 3 games, so a return to training for skipper Ben Mee and James Tarkowski will no doubt be a huge positive – although it remains to be seen if they will be fit enough to take on the Baggies this weekend.

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