Winger Ross Wallace is closing in on a return after over four months out after a knee operation.
The Scotland international started the first four games of the season, but a knee problem he had played with for some time finally became too sore to continue.
Sean Dyche said in August: “It’s unfortunate for Ross. He came back from pre-season flying and we didn’t expect any problem.
“He did have a niggly knee last season, but we felt we were on top of it and so did he. It has just gathered a little bit of pace and got too sore to continue, so it’s about time he had something done about it.”
Wallace was expected to be out until Christmas, but, in the meantime, Dyche added Michael Kightly to the squad on a season-long loan from Wolves to ease the blow.
Kightly has since started every league game bar the goal-less draw with Watford last month, but Wallace, 28, would be a welcome addition to Dyche’s options going into the second half of the campaign, however, and he said: “We’ve had a chat about how we see his injury, and he is on course.
“We’re slowly softening him and holding him back slightly because we want him to come back well in himself.
“There are good signs of progress, and hopefully this month we will see him back in the squad.”