McCann targets miracle return

Burnley midfielder Chris McCann is hoping to confound the medical experts by making his return to action four months ahead of schedule.

McCann seemed set to miss the rest of the season after tearing both his cruciate and medial ligament in the win over Sunderland in September.

The injury would normally require surgery and a year on the sidelines, but McCann is making a rapid recovery.

The 22-year-old is now targeting a return to the first-team for next month’s trip to Manchester United and he admits his recovery is a ‘mircale’.

“Things are going really well – better than expected given that I thought I was gone for the whole season,” McCann told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I don’t want to get my hopes up too early but the recovery is going to plan and I have a firm goal in mind … our game away to Manchester United.

“Someone said I could be gone for the season.

“That would have been so hard to take. All my life and all my career I had dreamed of this, playing every week in the Premier League and it would have been so cruel to have that taken away.

“All you want to do is get out and play but you have no idea when you will be back.

“Then we had about nine weeks before the next stage, but that’s when I got the good news, that it was healing well. It basically healed itself. The doctors said it was a miracle.”