Sean Dyche reluctant to take risks over Burnley players’ fitness

    The Clarets currently have Ben Mee and Jack Cork sidelined.

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche would be reluctant to take risks over his players’ fitness for the final couple of games of this season for worry it might jeopardise their schedule for the next campaign.

    Being in the convenience of 10 th location having actually accumulated 46 points up until now, Burnley are looking towards a possible Europa League berth however captain Ben Mee and midfielder Jack Cork are most likely to miss their last 5 games.

    Mee has a thigh pressure while Cork might need surgical treatment on an ankle problem, and with the probable swift turn-around in this season ending and the next one starting, Dyche sees the bigger photo.

    Sean Dyche verifies that Ben Mee and Jack Cork are most likely to miss out on the staying games of the season.

    — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) July 7, 2020

    Dyche stated: “With such a short duration for the games, it’s not likely that those 2 are going to make the games.

    ” It’s regrettable however it might have come at a time when we weren’t in the shape we remain in. We’re at 46 points which is our second highest overall we have actually ever had in the Premier League.

    ” These injuries and various difficulties have actually come when we have actually got great points on the table.

    “With the points we’ve got, we’re not going to rush people back in for what might be one or two games which might then affect next season. We’ve got to be careful with that.”

    Jack Cork, left, and Ben Mee, right, are most likely out for the rest of this season (Gareth Fuller/PA)

    New Zealand forward Chris Wood and Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson made cameos off the bench in the weekend draw against Sheffield United following current injuries while winger Robbie Brady was an unused alternative.

    Dyche added: “We can’t get (players) reserve-team football, undoubtedly, so they’re doing not have in real match sharpness. It would be silly to toss them back in with no type of training spells.

    ” Woody has actually done well and got back quicker than we believed, Johann’s been up and down with niggly calves so we have actually got to be mindful with him, Robbie.

    “The challenge, even when we’re getting players fit, it’s difficult to throw them straight into a Premier League game without having hardly any football.”

    Ben Gibson‘s situation at Burnley has actually not altered, according to manager Sean Dyche (Nigel French/PA)

    Mee’s lack leaves just James Tarkowski and Kevin Long as Burnley’s senior choices at centre-back, with Ben Gibson set to stay as a castaway as Dyche added: “His situation hasn’t changed.”

    Burnley travel to the London Arena on Wednesday night to take on West Ham, who are simply 2 locations and 4 points above the drop zone however beat Chelsea in their last home match.

    Dyche added: “We understand how that feels when you’re striving down there, there’s an edge on every game as there constantly is however especially when you’re down there since it suggests a lot to remain in the Premier League.

    “West Ham look to me like they’re very motivated, they’ve pulled out a couple of big results and they’re still a good side, I know that.”

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