Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater may have been given a timely lifeline at Burnley.
The midfielder was sent to Turf Moor on a short-term loan in the summer after falling down the pecking order with the Blues.
But his sole Burnley appearance this season has come in the Carabao Cup and he’s spent the majority of his time watching on from the sidelines due to injuries and a lack of match fitness.
The Sun reports Burnley have the option to extend Drinkwater’s loan in the New Year, but will have to continue forking out for his mammoth £120,000-a-week wage.
Drinkwater has been in action with Burnley’s youth team recently and it seems he may have been given a boost by his current manager Sean Dyche.
Clarets boss Dyche has explained that the 29-year-old is in contention this weekend for the home clash against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
“Danny Drinkwater comes into the thinking for the weekend. He has worked well,” he said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
It seems the door may be open for Drinkwater to try salave his loan during the next month and a busy December should help his chances.
The central midfielder looks a shadow of the player that won a Premier League title with Leicester City and even earned three senior caps for England.
But considering Chelsea splashed £35million (BBC) for his signature in 2017, it would be good to see him regain his form and perhaps help the club cut their losses on him.