Burnley forward Danny Ings has returned to full training as he steps up his recovery from knee surgery.

Ings went under the knife in September having suffered cartilage damage during the Clarets' final pre-season friendly at Rochdale.

A cruciate ligament injury severely hindered the former Bournemouth youngster last term, but he could now be in line to play some part in Saturday's Lancashire derby against Blackpool and is eager to impress with the prospect of a new manager arriving on the back of Eddie Howe's departure last week.

"We have lost our manager, so it's probably the perfect time to come back fit," said Ings. "If a new gaffer comes in and I am injured there's a negative straight away, but it's good that I can hopefully get back in the frame and train with the lads and get as fit as I can."

He added: "Before I went into the operation I was expecting to be out for at least five or six months. When I came out and he (the surgeon) said I could be ten weeks I was over the moon.

"To be around about six to seven weeks and to be fully training, I couldn't have had any better news, so I am buzzing to get back."