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Wells looks set to face former club

Nahki Wells is in line to face former club Huddersfield Town in the Professional Development League at Turf Moor next week.

The Bermuda striker completed a £5 million move from Huddersfield to Premier League rivals Burnley on transfer-deadline day in August.

He was ruled out of Burnley's home match against Huddersfield last month, which ended in a goalless draw, but could feature for Burnley's under-23 side at home to Huddersfield on Monday.

Wells was a key part in Huddersfield's play-off promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season, scoring penalties in shoot-out wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Reading in the play-offs.

However, he dropped down the pecking order at the John Smith's Stadium after the arrival of strikers Steve Mounié and Laurent Depoitre.

The former Dandy Town player has already made two appearances as an over-age player for Burnley's PDL team and also completed 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sheffield United after surgery during the summer to rectify a longstanding ankle problem.

He made his first appearance for the Lancashire club in the PDL in a 1-1 draw away to Nottingham Forest last month and inched closer to his dream of playing in the Premier League after being drafted into Sean Dyche's squad for Monday's home encounter with Newcastle United, which Burnley won 1-0.

Wells was named as an attacking option for injured target man Chris Wood, who was ruled out with a hamstring pull.

Dyche, who has been linked with the vacant coaching job at Everton, said Wells needs more minutes under his belt before he can stake a claim for a first-team place.

“Nahki still needs more minutes,” Dyche told the club's website.

“We thought it was appropriate to put him in, especially with Woody being out, and he needs that mixture now of getting involved with us and getting more game-time, so we will look to get that sorted out for him in the coming weeks.”

A Premier League Cup tie away to Colchester United tonight and Monday's PDL meeting with Huddersfield, either side of Burnley's Premier League clash away to Southampton on Saturday, could provide Wells with further opportunities to get himself match-fit.

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Published November 02, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated November 01, 2017 at 11:37 pm)

Wells looks set to face former club

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