Joyce praises Beattie impact
Burnley defender Ben Mee is set for an extended spell on the
sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage.
Former Manchester City youngster Mee sustained the problem
during Sunday’s 1-1 derby draw with Blackburn at Turf Moor.
Mee completed the 90 minutes at left-back but took to his
personal Twitter page on Tuesday afternoon to reveal the bad news
of an expected four-to-six week lay-off.
He tweeted: “Managed to tear my medial ligament in my knee
midway through the game on Sunday, looking like a 4 to 6 week job
A club statement from Burnley later confirmed the news,
concurring with Mee’s prognosis that he would be absent for
Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: “It’s a blow for Ben and we will
have to give the knee a chance to settle down and then fully assess
“We are hoping it will be sooner, rather than later, but we are
expecting it will be weeks, rather than days.”
Former England international striker Beattie arrived at the
Crown Ground as a player-coach last month and his strike during
Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Shrewsbury was his third in as many
Joyce said: “It’s been great. He’s managed to get three goals,
and I think he’s happy with that.
“Two of them have been penalties but you can tell by the way he
plays, his presence, that he’s going to add a real quality to our
“He’s probably the type of player we need who’s been around the
game at the highest level and hopefully a lot of the younger lads
on our team can learn from him.
“If James Beattie rubs off a bit on everyone then I’m sure we’ll
be better for it in the long run.”