Caldwell close to Burnley return
Burnley boss Owen Coyle is expecting Steven Caldwell to be back in training by the end of the week.
The Clarets skipper has missed an amazing start to the season, which has seen the club beat Manchester United and Everton, after suffering a groin injury on international duty for Scotland in Norway a fortnight ago.
Caldwell will still be sidelined tomorrow as Burnley begin their Carling Cup campaign with a trip to Hartlepool. However, Coyle is expecting his captain to be back in training ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea, even if playing a part at Stamford Bridge might be beyond him.
"Steven is responding better," said Coyle. "He is not quite ready to join us yet but I am hoping he joins in training at some point this week. Steven has been outstanding for us and is a big part of what we are doing at this football club. He is a gem of a man and the sooner we get him back into the group the better."
Although Caldwell misses out, Coyle will make changes for the Hartlepool encounter, with Chris Eagles and Steven Thompson among those likely to start for last season's semi-finalists.