Burnley star Vokes 'slowly coming along' from injury

Burnley FC press room

Sam Vokes has been out of action for over five months, but is now set to return to full training.

The 24-year old forward ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in an end-of-season tie with Leicester in March.

Having netted 20 goals in 39 games for the Clarets last season, he was a key figure in their promotion from the Championship, linking up with strike partner Danny Ings to score 67% of Burnley’s goals during the campaign - 41 of 72 goals were shared amongst the duo.

However, his late season injury ruled him out for the last months of Championship action, and out of the start of the Premier League campaign.

Reports have surfaced suggesting that Vokes could be back in action in time for the next international break, with the Welsh striker hoping to face Bosnia and Cyprus in the middle of October.

But the striker is refusing to confirm such rumours, claiming that, despite once again training, he must not get carried away and rush himself back.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, he said: “It’s been nearly five-and-a-half months now since my surgery so it’s slowly coming along.

“It’s fully healed now and I’m back out on the grass, running and working hard. I’m building it up every day.

“I’ve ticked the box of running straight lines and now I’m working on the twisting and turning.

“That’s the main thing – not getting carried away when you start running outside and almost full-pelt sprinting.

“You kind of think you can get involved, but when you start twisting and turning you feel all the aches and pains that come with that.

“There are a lot of boxes I need to tick off before I can announce I’m fit.”

Starting the season with games against Chelsea, Manchester United, Swansea and Crystal Palace was always going to be a tough ask for Sean Dyche’s men, but Vokes has been impressed from his view of the action - watching from the sidelines.

“It’s been a tough start to the season with Chelsea, Manchester United and Swansea away in our second game of the season.

“It was a tough task for the boys but they picked up a couple of points and another good point at the weekend away from home.

“At this stage of the season we’re gaining the experience and picking up the points where we can.”

Burnley face Sunderland this weekend at Turf Moor, with Ings also out of action, having suffered an injury during Saturday's draw with Crystal Palace.

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