Player News - Burnley

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Burnley took a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City, making it ten league games on the trot without a win.

The Clarets still set as "best of the rest" outside of the league's top six, but it is starting to look like another side punching above their weight in the season's first half only to come back down to Earth in the second. Once again, the defense was their strong suit, and kept them in the game until the end, but the attack was poor by their conservative standards. What little threat they had came through the middle, with Aaron Lennon and Johann Berg Gudmundsson seeing very little activity on the outside. Matt Taylor put in another fine shift, shutting down Swansea's right flank, but his attempted crosses lacked quality as Burnley would finish without a single shot on target. Stephen Ward made the squad for the first time after a long injury spell and it will be interesting to monitor if or when Dyche will start him over Taylor.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 12:12 PM

Burnley took a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City, making it ten league games on the trot without a win.

The Clarets still set as "best of the rest" outside of the league's top six, but it is starting to look like another side punching above their weight in the season's first half only to come back down to Earth in the second. Once again, the defense was their strong suit, and kept them in the game until the end, but the attack was poor by their conservative standards. What little threat they had came through the middle, with Aaron Lennon and Johann Berg Gudmundsson seeing very little activity on the outside. Matt Taylor put in another fine shift, shutting down Swansea's right flank, but his attempted crosses lacked quality as Burnley would finish without a single shot on target. Stephen Ward made the squad for the first time after a long injury spell and it will be interesting to monitor if or when Dyche will start him over Taylor.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 12:12 PM

Matt Lowton could make his long-awaited return to the Burnley starting line-up as Phil Bardsley struggles to shake off a muscular strain.

The 28-year-old picked up a medial knee ligament injury against Arsenal back in November and has found himself amongst the substitutes since his return to the matchday squad on December 16. The injury handed summer signing Bardsley his opportunity and the veteran full-back seized has his chance by starting every Premier League game since. However, the former Stoke player is at risk of missing this weekends clash at the Liberty Stadium after suffering a hamstring related problem in the 1-1 draw with champions elect Manchester City. Elsewhere, Stephen Ward [knee] is closing in on a return having managed to come through 72 minutes for the under-23s unscathed on Monday while James Tarkowski is hoping to shake off a niggling groin problem. Despite a mounting injury list, Burnley still find themselves well-placed in seventh although they remain nine points adrift of Arsenal in 6th.
Feb 7 - 8:00 AM

Icelandic international Johann Berg Gudmundsson was the hero as Burnley did what they have done time and again all season, grinding out a 1-1 upset draw with giants Manchester City.

Sean Dyche's men put in another impressive shift, frustrating the might Man City attack. The likely title-winners would take the lead in the 22nd minute, and dominated the first half on the stat sheet. But the key was that the Clarets would deny the Citizens a second goal, keeping the underdogs in range of a result. Ben Mee had two chances to level the score in the first half, but one missed the target and the other was well saved. In the second half, the pair of wide men, Gudmundsson and Aaron Lennon, began to gradually give Burnley some chances in City's final third. Lennon had one attempt saved brilliantly, but in the 82nd minute, all the hard work payed off when Matt Lowton, who replaced Phil Bardsley at the break, fed the Icelandic star a perfect ball that was poked home from close range.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 9:50 AM

Steven Defour is at risk of missing the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a precautionary scan revealed he must undergo knee surgery to repair cartilage damage.

The 29-year-old has been an ever-present for the Clarets this term, but there are fears that Defour may not play again competitively in 2017/18 with the midfielder scheduled to go under the knife on Monday. "Unfortunately, he will be out for some time," confirmed Sean Dyche. "That’s a blow to us, and to Steven, of course. He has been playing with the problem for some time and didn’t know it was there. He just had a bit of a sore knee, so he sent him for a scan and there was a problem with his cartilage that the specialist will have to sort out. We’ll wait and see what he says after the operation." Burnley left St James’ Park with a hard-fought point on Wednesday, having travelled to Tyneside without 8 injured first-team players. Ashley Westwood came into midfield for his first PL start of the campaign.
Feb 1 - 4:18 AM

Burnley failed to get the win once again, but the club was lucky just to come away with a point in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

It was Burnley's seventh consecutive Premier League fixture without a win but the Clarets were gifted a point in the 85th minute when Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow palmed a Sam Vokes' header off the crossbar and back down off the keeper's head before rolling into the back of the net for the equalizer. In the first half, Nick Pope came up with a massive save off a penalty but he couldn't stop a header from Jamaal Lascelles header in the 65th. In team news, Aaron Lennon came on in the second half and made his Premier League debut in a Claret shirt after signing from Everton last week.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:25 PM

Burnley arrive on Tyneside with a mounting injury list which could see up-to eight first-team players ruled out of the clash with Newcastle.

Centre-back James Tarkowski is described as "touch and go" due to a minor groin injury and faces the prospect of late fitness test - defensive teammate Stephen Ward is another doubt having just returned to full training on Monday. In midfield, Steven Defour has been managing a niggling knee problem for a few weeks and he has been advised to meet with a specialist. Sean Dyche will decide on his involvement "when we know more." Dean Marney had been recovering well from a ruptured cruciate ligament, but he suffered a setback recently, tweaking his medial knee ligament and there is no timeline on his potential return to action. Chris Wood [knee] has just begun light outdoor work while Tom Heaton [shoulder] continues to progress. Aaron Lennon could be included following his switch from Everton.
Jan 30 - 6:17 AM

James Tarkowski is rated "touch and go" with a groin issue and Steven Defour is a question mark with a persistent knee problem as Burnley get set to take on Newcastle United Wednesday night.

Tarkowski has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, effectively replacing Michael Keane, but fantasy owners should plan for an alternative this gameweek. "Groin" and "touch and go" usually does not bode well, so Kevin Long is likely to partner Ben Mee against the Magpies. Long has performed admirably in a backup role, helping the club keep three clean sheets in his five starts. Defour, meanwhile, is waiting on word from a knee specialist, who will determine whether the midfielder's knee injury is something he can play through. Should Defour miss out, Jeff Hendrick may drop back in a deeper role, allowing Sean Dyche to start two strikers, or Scott Arfield could fill in, as he has in the past, rather than play his customary wide position.
Jan 29 - 11:18 PM

Burnley have captured wingman Aaron Lennon from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

This could be a very nice addition for Burnley. It is quite possible that Sean Dyche will have two new influential wide midfielders starting, as Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has also come to Turf Moor in this window. On paper, Lennon and Nkoudou would immediately add pace to the attack and more creativity as well. Lennon has hit double-digit assists before, but you have to go back eight seasons. He has a chance to re-ignite his career after several seasons of being a bench option rather than a regular starter and is worth an add in most fantasy draft formats. His arrival crushes the fantasy value of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who will likely give way to Lennon in the near future.
Source: BBC Football
Jan 23 - 10:10 PM

Big news out of Burnley FC as the club has announced that Tom Heaton has returned to training following a shoulder injury that has kept him out since September.

The return of the club captain will be a welcome one, though Heaton's absence allowed another keeper, Nick Pope, to emerge as a top flight-level net-minder. Because Pope has fared so well, one would expect the club to not rush Heaton back to competitive action. That said, Heaton is the clear #1, even pushing to be England's #1 before injury, so the countdown clock on Pope's fantasy relevance is on. Heaton is definitely worth a stash now if you have room to do so in draft leagues.
Jan 17 - 10:57 PM

Burnley has found itself in a real rut midway through the season with another loss, this time at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Just a month ago, Burnley was making a strong push for European qualification after its surprise start to the season. But since a Week 17 victory against Stoke City, the club has not won a Premier League match, going winless in its last six games with three losses, including Saturday's 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace. Bakary Sako put the Eagles ahead in the 21st minute and the Clarets could only manage one shot on target. In team news, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou made his Burnley debut off the bench after arriving on loan from Spurs on loan this week.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 12:02 PM

Burnley looked to have earned another tough point against Liverpool, but the Clarets had a late equalizer by Johann Berg Gudmundsson canceled out in the final moments of a 1-2 loss.

The Clarets had a strong first half, though they could not find a goal to show for it. They displayed their usual defending and saw perhaps the best performances of the season to date from Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield, giving Burnley a threat from both flanks. Gudmundsson, the club leader in assists, nearly found Ashley Barnes for their best chance in the first half. The mood soured when they allowed the Reds to score on the hour mark but Nick Pope made a fantastic save to keep them in it and Burnley finally leveled the match on 87 minutes, when Gudmundsson stuck the ball in at the far post after a flick on by Sam Vokes. The comeback was thwarted in stoppage time though. Burnley have hit a mini-funk, failing to win any of their last five league games.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:15 PM

Steven Defour scored a sublime free kick and Burnley found themselves two goals to the good at Old Trafford, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw following a Manchester United comeback.

Burnley probably would have been content to earn a point at Old Trafford when the day began but they really should have come away with the win, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. They got on the board early with their first chance when a ball from Jeff Hendrick fell to the feet of Ashley Barnes who poked it home inside of three minutes. United put the attacking pressure on from there, but could not find the net before Burnley scored again, when Defour curled a distance free kick into the top corner following a foul to Scott Arfield. Eventually, the pressure by the Red Devils was too much to bear as Jesse Lingard would lead a rally to level the match in the final minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:02:00 PM

The FA have slapped James Tarkowski with a three match ban, meaning the defender will not be available again in 2017.

Tarkowski accepted the violent conduct charge that stemmed from an altercation with Brighton's Glenn Murray last weekend, but attempted to lower the length of the ban to no avail. On the bright side, Ben Mee is back to health, Matt Lowton is available and Stephen Ward is probable to return this weekend. On the down side, two of the three games Tarkowski will miss are against tough attacks in Manchester United and Spurs. That said, Sean Dyche seems capable of plugging anyone in to the defense without losing much quality.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:54:00 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion tried their best, but were the latest to fall prey to the resolute Burnley defense, as the two sides played to a 0-0 final.

Charlie Taylor got his first start at left back and Phil Bardsley kept his place over a fit Matt Lowton as Burnley once again played their brand of football with success. Brighton were the only side threatening to score as the first half wore on and a big moment came in the 35th minute, when James Tarkowski fouled Glenn Murray in the box. Lucky for the Clarets, Murray skied his spot kick. The best chance for Burnley going forward came in the 74th minute when Chris Wood attempted a chip on the keeper but it took a fine save to keep it out. Fantasy investment in Sean Dyche's defense continues to deliver.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 11:59:00 AM


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