Player News - Burnley

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Robbie Brady was forced to sit out of Burnley’s first pre-season friendly, however, the Republic of Ireland international insists: "I’m feeling really good."

Brady has been sidelined for the past seven months after suffering a serious knee injury at Leicester, but the midfielder is close to a return after taking part in the club’s southern Ireland training camp: "I’ve got a few more weeks before the season starts so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get myself in the best condition and hopefully I’ll be ready to go." Speaking ahead of the game against Cork City, manager Sean Dyche decided not to risk the 26-year-old: "We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress." Steven Defour was also missing from the Clarets line-up after suffering a minor setback; the Belgian is recovering from knee surgery but picked up a minor calf injury. Matt Lowton [groin] was another absentee but James Tarkowski played 45 minutes for the first time since surgery to remedy a Hernia problem.
Jul 15 - 3:31 AM

Steven Defour will miss Friday night’s friendly against Cork City after suffering a minor setback in training.

The Belgium midfielder, who has been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery back in January, reported for pre-season last week and has been training with the group. However, Defour will not feature in the club’s opening game due to a small muscular problem: "He has a niggly calf, so we are being careful with that one," confirmed manager Sean Dyche. Another player likely to miss out is Robbie Brady, although the Republic of Ireland international is closing in on a return: "We will have to be careful with Robbie. He’s going really well but it is still early in his progress," said the Burnley boss. "He is training with the team, which is really good and he’s enjoying that." The Clarets will look to name a strong line-up against the current League of Ireland Champions as Dyche prepares his squad for their Europa League debut at Aberdeen later this month.
Jul 13 - 7:45 AM

Ashley Barnes is on track to feature in the Europa League next month after stepping up his recovery from a shoulder injury.

The Burnley striker enjoyed another excellent campaign, although his season ended on a sour note when he landed awkwardly at Arsenal during the penultimate game ruling him out of the final day encounter with Bournemouth. Following a specialist consultation, Barnes was scheduled for surgery and resumed work at the club’s Barnfield Training Centre early to complete his rehabilitation. "I’ve been with the physios just trying to get the shoulder going and get it moving. It will be six weeks on Wednesday since the operation, so it’s all on track." Burnley begin their European adventure on July 25 against Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League competition following their seventh-place finish. Sean Dyche will be hoping to have a full complement of players at his disposal with Robbie Brady [patellar tendon] and Steven Defour [cartilage] expected to rejoin the group having missing a significant chunk of 2017/18 due to injury.
Jun 27 - 4:56 AM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is at risk of missing the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a "torn muscle" during Iceland’s historic 1-1 draw with Argentina on Saturday.

Assistant coach Helgi Koldvidsson told a news conference on Wednesday that the Burnley winger is rated as a major doubt for the upcoming Group D clash with Nigeria, although a final decision on his availability would not be made until Friday: "It remains a question whether he will be fit but we’ll see on match-day." The update suggests the problem is not too serious and offers some hope that Gudmundsson can still play a part in Russia, however, Iceland may need to reach the last-16 for him to do so. The 27-year-old suffered a similar injury back in April which resulted in him spending a fortnight on the sidelines.
Jun 20 - 9:38 AM

Burnley could begin their campaign with a clean bill of health after Head Physio Ally Beattie provided a positive update via the club’s website.

The Clarets kick-off their season on July 26, entering the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but despite the early return, Sean Dyche expects to have a full squad at his disposal. Long-term absentee Steven Defour (knee surgery) recently returned from stint of rehab in Belgium and will progress onto the next phase of his recovery: "Now he’s back with us for the next few weeks for grass-based strength, balance and stability sessions and really he should be okay for pre-season." The same was said of Robbie Brady, also knee surgery, who will join the squad for the "majority" of those sessions. James Tarkowski "should be absolutely fine" after surgery to remedy an ongoing hernia problem while Ben Mee "feels brilliant" and is pain-free after missing the final seven games due to a shin injury. Ashley Barnes is expected to be given the all-clear after meeting with a shoulder specialist this week.
Jun 6 - 4:23 PM

The Football Association confirm James Tarkowski has been withdrawn from the England standby list due to injury.

The Burnley defender has been managing a niggling groin complaint since January and surgery had been scheduled for this summer. However, after joining the Three Lions training camp earlier this week, a decision was taken to bring the operation forward to ensure that Tarkowski will be ready for when the squad reconvenes in July for pre-season. Gareth Southgate named Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, John Stones and Harry Maguire as his central defenders for Russia, but while there are no plans currently to call up a replacement, any further issues could see the England boss turn to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles who many considered very unfortunate not to be included in the 23-man squad. Tarkowski was one of two Burnley players on the standby list after Tom Heaton lost his place to teammate Nick Pope following a shoulder injury which ended his season back in September.
Source: talkSPORT
May 27 - 5:02 PM

Chris Wood is a slight doubt for Burnley's trip to Arsenal this weekend after the striker picked up a foot injury against Brighton.

Wood had the top of his left foot cut open while in action against the Seagulls, forcing the New Zealand international off after only 65 minutes. The gash required stitches but he should be in contention for this weekend. Wood has been the spark Burnley's attack needed, so it would be a huge blow to their chances against the Gunners this weekend if he cannot go. Fantasy owners may want to look for a replacement option if a decent one is available.
Source: Stuff
May 4 - 5:05 AM

Brighton could have done with three points to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone but in the end they had to settle for a point.

The first half was an end to end affair where Brighton played the better football but the Clarets had the best chance. That came via a goalmouth scramble of schoolboy football proportions - Barnes had his initial effort clawed off the line by Mat Ryan and then Kevin Long hit the post. The second half was slow, with Knockaert forcing a save from Nick Pope but very few opportunities presented themselves to either side in an even game. A 0-0 draw was a fair result.
Source: NBC Sport
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

Ashley Barnes is in the form of his life, scoring another goal for Burnley and helping the Clarets add another point to their season total with a 1-1 win at Stoke City.

One more point that looks to give Burnley a final table position no lower than seventh and a ticket to Europe next season. Sean Dyche's side were unchanged from their loss to Chelsea on Thursday and may have been a bit knackered which was exactly what Stoke, who are hungry for points, needed to win. The Clarets would capitulate early, falling behind after only eleven minutes. But once again, the defense kept from falling apart and were able to keep the score at 1-0 to Stoke at halftime. Burnley began to take control in the second frame, with the productive striker partnership of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood once again providing threat. The latter would eventually find an equalizer shortly after the hour mark turning in a loose ball from a James Tarkowski shot. Barnes would soon be subbed off, sitting on a yellow card and having been involved in an earlier event that could have seen him take an early shower. His goal gives him scores in six of Burnley's last eight games.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 10:46 AM

Burnley's five-match winning run came to an end after a 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea on Thursday.

Burnley were put under pressure by Chelsea's two-man attack of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud throughout the first-half, but it was Kevin Long's unfortunate own-goal that allowed the visitors to take the lead. Chelsea had a golden chance to double their advantage 10 minutes after the restart, but dodged a bullet when Morata fired wide in one-on-one with Nick Pope. The Clarets made the most of the miss when Gudmundsson let fly with a long-range effort on 64 minutes, which flicked off Barnes and found the bottom corner of the net. Chelsea quickly struck back to regain the lead and settle the match though, as Victor Moses drilled home from inside the area at the near post on 69 minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 19 - 5:56 PM

Burnley took a major step towards qualifying for the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Burnley got off to a flying start with goals inside the opening 10 minutes from the in-form Chris Wood and Kevin Long. On six minutes, Ashley Barnes intercepted Wes Morgan’s sloppy ball from the back and played in Wood with a crisp reverse pass. Wood's first effort was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the striker followed up to net at the second attempt. Things got even better two minutes later when Long, deputizing for the injured Ben Mee, headed home Johann Berg Gudmundsson's corner for his first Premier League for the Clarets. Leicester pulled one back on 72 minutes through Jamie Vardy, but Sean Dyche's side hung on for a fifth straight league win. Burnley are now nine points clear of eighth-placed Leicester and well placed for a return to European football after a 51-year absence.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 14 - 1:47 PM

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is a doubt for Burnley when they host Leicester City on Saturday, as the winger is dealing with a calf injury.

The loanee from Spurs picked up the injury during training this week, coming off the heels of two straight league starts for Sean Dyche, the only two starts he has made all season in the PL. He got his opportunity due to an injury layoff for Johann Berg Gudmundsson. While Nkoudou's status is "probable" for the weekend, Gudmundsson will surely return to the XI if passed fit. Further status on both may come to light before Saturday's kickoff.
Apr 13 - 5:24 AM

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said he expects Ben Mee to miss a couple of weeks due to a shin injury.

Dyche confirmed the news ahead of the weekend match against Leicester City after Mee missed out on the club's win over Watford last weekend. While the injury doesn't affect any muscles or tendons, Dyche said overworking the center defender has led to the problem. Kevin Long is expected to fill in during Burnley's race to qualify for Europa League next season. "Ben could be a couple of weeks. We’ll see. He’s got a stress reaction at the bottom of his shin. It’s a stress response to the workload and gets quite sore around where the ankle attaches to the shin. He had something similar last year which cost him a few games. We will just have to monitor that and see how it settles down."
Apr 12 - 12:32 PM

The treatment room is beginning to empty just at the right time as Burnley set their sights on European qualification.

The Clarets took their tally to seven wins on the road at Watford on Saturday to move six-points ahead of rivals Leicester, and if Southampton fail to win the FA Cup, then Sean Dyche’s men will be playing in the Europa League next season. Tom Heaton returned to the fold on at Vicarage Road after spending more than 6 months on the sidelines due to a dislocated shoulder. And although the 31-year-old had to settle for a place on the bench, it was good to see the England international back in the matchday squad to keep his slim hopes of appearing at the World Cup finals alive. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is also hoping to be back soon after picking up a minor calf strain; Dyche said the winger has a "chance" of recovering "if he has a good week [in training]." Meanwhile, Jon Walters [knee surgery] is close as he continues to build fitness with the under-23s.
Apr 11 - 4:13 AM

The win at Watford on Saturday was the Clarets seventh win on the road this season and only four teams [Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham] have bettered that record during 2017/18.

Burnley move six-points ahead of rivals Leicester, and if Southampton fail to win the FA Cup, then Sean Dyche’s men are well-placed to qualify for the Europa League next season. That despite, having six first-team players currently sidelined. "We’ve a couple of injury problems at the minute, but if we keep performing like that, then it shows the good squad mentality." Kevin Long once again proved his worth after Ben Mee was injured in training on Thursday, a setback which flags him as an early doubt for game week thirty-four. "We’re not sure how long Ben will be, he was not as close as we were hoping," admitted Dyche. "It’s a knock on his shin that has flared, and it just needs a period of time to settle down."
Apr 9 - 8:29 AM



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