Date: 20th December 2010 at 2:01pm
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Kevin McDonald spent two months out on loan to Championship rivals, Scunthorpe United but has now decided to return to Turf Moor despite the Iron wanting to extend his stay.

This means the midfielder will now be available for selection for the Clarets over the festive season and could indeed line up against Scunthorpe when they come to Turf Moor on Tuesday, 28th December.

McDonald suffered a back injury during his first loan period at Glanford Park but eventually made three starts for the Iron in the Championship also coming on twice from the bench and scoring one goal.

Brian Laws taking about Big Mac’s return said:

‘Kev is coming back and he is going to get his head down and try and get into the team,

‘They wanted him to stay but he wants to come back and fight for his spot. He wants to give it a crack’

McDonald has managed just one appearance for the Clarets this season and that was in the Carling Cup away to Morecambe last August.

Meanwhile as announced last week,young Clarets Wes Fletcher and Kevin Long are to stay out on loan for a further month as they continue their footballing education in League Two.

Frontman Fletcher is to stay with Stockport County until 15 January, with central defender Long extending his deal with Accrington Stanley until the same date.

Fletcher, 19, has played half-a-dozen games for Stockport, scoring once, and produced a starring role on his return to the starting line-up in County’s 3-3 draw against Crewe last Saturday.

‘It was important for Wes to get that League experience. Sometimes players go away and come back a different animal and Wes is doing extremely well,’ said Clarets’ boss Brian Laws after sanctioning the extended deal.

‘I have had good reports. I speak to the manager on a regular basis and we are sending scouts out to watch him, along with a couple of others we have out on loan.’

Long, 20, has started eight games for Stanley since joining the Reds in mid-October and after serving an early ban has become a regular in John Coleman’s back four.

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