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Earlier today I wrote about the ten Burnley players currently out on loan; now make that eleven with striker Rouwen Hennings today returning to Germany and joining Fortuna Dusseldorf for the remainder of the 2016/17 season.

1516 burnley rouwen hennings 01 630x420I don’t think it can come as much of a surprise; just four weeks ago tomorrow we played Bolton in a pre-season game when Dan Agyei got a start ahead of him and three days later he looked a dejected figure when playing for the development squad at Altrincham as the first team travelled to Scotland for a date with Rangers.

Rouwen signed for us just after the start of last season and once his international clearance had come through went straight into the first team squad, making his debut as a substitute at Ipswich just days after signing from Karlsruher.

He started the next game but it was one of only three league starts for him, the last of which was the home game against Brighton in November. A week later, coming on as a substitute at Cardiff, he scored his first Burnley goal as we fought back from two behind to draw 2-2.

His only other goal was in the FA Cup win at Middlesbrough but in the league he was used extensively as a substitute until March when he replaced Andre Gray in the 1-1 home draw against Wolves. He wasn’t used in any of the remaining eight league games and didn’t always make the bench.

He’s joining Fortuna Dusseldorf which means a return to Bundesliga 2. He’s under contract at Burnley for another two years but it would not be a surprise to see that loan made permanent next summer.

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