RE­TURN­ING SAM WANTS INGS BACK TO NOR­MAL

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HE’S BACK! Vokes net­ted the equaliser against Spurs SAM VOKES is des­per­ate to re­new his pro­lific goal-scor­ing part­ner­ship with Danny Ings to help fire Burn­ley to Pre­mier League safety.

The Clarets for­ward made it onto the score­sheet for the first time since his re­turn from a nine-month in­jury lay-off to earn an FA Cup third-round re­play with Tot­ten­ham.

The Welsh in­ter­na­tional ad­mits it’s been a long road back to fit­ness since suf­fer­ing ca­reerthreat­en­ing knee lig­a­ment dam­age last March.

It brought to an abrupt halt his flour­ish­ing part­ner­ship with £8mil­lion-rated Eng­land Under-21 star Ings, as the pair grabbed a com­bined tally of 47 goals to seal pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.

Ings has struck up an in­creas­ingly fruit­ful pair­ing with Ash­ley Barnes while Vokes has been on the side­lines.

Vokes would love to rekin­dle his dou­ble-act with New­cas­tle tar­get Ings, but ad­mits he has his work cut out to force his way back into Sean Dy­che’s plans.

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“Hope­fully I’ve given the man­ager some­thing to think about. I can’t take it for granted that I’ll get straight back into the side, be­cause the boys have been do­ing fan­tas­tic up front with­out me.”

Vokes also hopes his goal-scor­ing re­turn from in­jury can in­spire team-mate Kevin Long, who is out un­til next sea­son af­ter suf­fered an iden­ti­cal set­back last month.

For­mer Clarets favourite Jay Ro­driguez is also on the verge of a re­turn from a sim­i­larly dev­as­tat­ing blow in April, which cost the Southamp­ton ace the chance of an Eng­land World Cup place.

Vokes added: “It’s an in­jury I wouldn’t wish on any­one.

“I had a chat with Kevin and I’ll help him along the best I can.

“I’ve spo­ken to Jay. He’s a strong char­ac­ter and I’m sure he’ll get through it.” ON A SWISS ROLL: Shaqiri net­ted a slick hat-trick against Hon­duras

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