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Burnley’s under-23 team are back in action this afternoon in the Professional Development League with a home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

1718 burnley rahis nabi 00 500x500The game was originally scheduled to be played at Curzon Ashton eleven days ago but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. It’s now to be played this afternoon but has been moved to Gawthorpe, the last of our home games in this league this season that will be played behind closed doors at the training ground with the remaining three all to be played at Turf Moor.

We haven’t met Wednesday yet. The away game was also postponed and will now be played five weeks from today at their training ground and will be the final game of the season.

I’m sure the remainder of the season for us will be one of formulating the squad for next season which will probably see more trialists coming in and it is always worth noting which ones are brought back to play on more than one occasion.

One player we will be without today is defender James Clarke who is now in Dublin preparing for two U18 internationals for the Republic of Ireland against Romania.

Wednesday, however, will be looking towards the end of season competition that is played between the top two in the north and south groups. They currently occupy second place but are seven points behind leaders Bolton. They have just a one point advantage over Nottingham Forest and Hull with Forest having a game in hand.

Whilst Burnley have certainly shown some improvement in recent performances, and we beat Charlton 1-0 in our last game with a goal scored by Rahis Nabi (pictured), Wednesday have had a dip in form. When they beat rivals Sheffield United on the first Monday in February they were top of the league but results have not gone their way since with three draws and two defeats in the subsequent five games.

There is no confirmed team news from either camp although Wednesday have confirmed that Barry Bannan will take part in the game. He returned to the first team last Saturday at Leeds having been out injured since December. It is likely to be a very tough game for a young Burnley team.

Kick off today is 1 p.m.

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