Player News - Burnley

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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 United 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

Burnley hit a bit of an injury crisis in recent days but two key starting defenders, Matt Lowton and Ben Mee, will be fit to return to action against Brighton on Saturday.

Both players have been absent with knee injuries, with Lowton having missed the previous four games and Mee the last two. Amazingly, without Tom Heaton, Lowton and Mee the last two games, the Clarets are still giving their opposition's attack headaches, coming off of consecutive clean sheets. Despite admirable deputizing from Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long, Lowton and Mee are expected to come straight back into the XI, barring a setback. Meanwhile, Stephen Ward, also with a banged up knee, is a doubt for the weekend, setting up a possible first league start for Charlie Taylor, though Bardsley is capable of playing on either side.
Source: Metro
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 05:28:00 AM

Charlie Taylor is poised for his first Premier League start after Stephen Ward picked up a knee injury.

Sean Dyche could be forced into a defensive switch ahead of the Clarets trip to Brighton after Ward, an ever-present this season, was forced off in the 41st minute at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. Although the full extent of the problem is not yet known, with such a quick turnaround between games, the 32-year-old is considered a major doubt with former Leeds United full-back Taylor being readied following his first taste of Premier League action in the win over Stoke. Ben Mee [knee laceration] and Matt Lowton [knee ligament] could also come back into reckoning but given the performances of Kevin Long and Phil Bardsley in recent matches [back-to-back clean sheets], the Burnley boss would be happy to err on the side of caution with a glut of games coming up.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 09:33:00 AM

Don't look now, but Sean Dyche has the Clarets in fourth place following a 1-0 win against Stoke City on Tuesday.

Despite a slew of injuries—Tom Heaton, Robbie Brady and Ben Mee were among the absentees—and an injury to Stephen Ward in the 41st minute, Burnley found a way to win thanks to Ashley Barnes' 89th-minute goal. The second-half substitute teamed up with Scott Arfield around the penalty area and fired a shot past Jack Butland to bring Burnley into fourth place on 31 points, although after Wednesday's results the club could be back down in seventh.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Burnley followed up its 1-0 loss to Leicester City with a 1-0 win of its own on Saturday against fellow upstart Watford.

The match came down to a six-minute span at the end of the first half starting in the 39th minute when Watford defender Marvin Zeegelaar was sent off with a straight red card for a dangerous two-footed tackle on Steven Defour to bring the Hornets down to 10 men. The Clarets took advantage of the advantage almost immediately with Scott Arfield netting his second goal of the season. The winger, who has the burden of filling in for Robbie Brady after his season-ending injury, linked up with Johann Berg Gudmundsson for what ended up being the match winner at the stroke of half-time to send Burnley level on points with Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 12:07:00 PM

Sean Dyche stated that Ben Mee has a "strong chance" of being available for the weekend after the defender suffered a knee injury in Burnley's loss to Leicester City.

Mee suffered a gash to his knee against the Foxes, a painful injury but no structural damage to the joint so the tough defender is expected to have the knee wrapped up and give it a go this weekend. Mee and James Tarkowski have been the central defensive partnership for every minute of every league game so far this season. If he cannot make it, Kevin Long would be likeliest to deputize. Meanwhile, right back Matt Lowton, who missed the last two contests with his own knee injury is still considered touch and go for the visit of Watford. Further insight on his status may come later today.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 04:04:00 AM

Robbie Brady will be out for a "substantial recovery period" after tests confirm the Republic of Ireland international suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday.

There have been growing concerns as to the severity of the problem since Sean Dyche admitted, following the 1-0 defeat at Leicester, that the 25-year-old had been taken to hospital: "It looks more serious than not serious to me," he said. After spending a couple of days in care, medical experts have diagnosed a tear of his patellar tendon, which effectively ends his campaign. Brady is scheduled to go under the knife and a return in 2017/18 appears highly unlikely: "Robbie will have surgery to repair a patellar tendon tear and will be out for a substantial recovery period. He will be given all the time and care he needs on his recovery and supported throughout from all of us at Burnley Football Club." Fraser Forster sustained a similar tear back in March 2015, an injury which kept the Southampton goalkeeper sidelined for 298 days.
Source: Reuters
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 07:45:00 AM

Burnley will be sweating over the fitness of Robbie Brady after the midfielder was forced off in the first-half of Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Leicester City.

Brady scored and assisted against Bournemouth on Wednesday and picked up where he left off in the opening half an hour. However, Brady's match was cut short following a nasty-looking collision with Harry Maguire. The Republic of Ireland international was carried from the field on a stretcher and replaced by Scott Arfield. While the Clarets remained a threat throughout, efforts from Steven Defour and Gudmundsson were denied by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. While the defeat sees Burnley slip just one spot to seventh in the table, there will be concerns over extent of Brady's injury. After the match, manger Sean Dyche said: "We're awaiting news, but we think it's more likely serious, than not serious."
Source: Independent
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Steven Defour exited Burnley's win over AFC Bournemouth early last night, as the midfielder picked up a knee injury.

Defour limped off the pitch in the latter stages of the Clarets win, with Ashley Westwood replacing him for the final 15 minutes. There is no indication that Defour is facing an extended spell on the sidelines and is listed as probable at the moment, but we should get more detail in Sean Dyche's presser ahead of this weekend's trip to Leicester. Should Defour miss out, Westwood would be the like-for-like deputy though Dyche could also turn to Scott Arfield or drop a midfielder and play two strikers up top. Neither scenario creates an ideal fantasy play, save for owners of Sam Vokes in deeper draft leagues
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 05:10:00 AM

Matt Lowton missed his first match of the season in Burnley's midweek win over AFC Bournemouth with a knock, putting his status for the weekend in doubt.

He picked up the knock a couple of days earlier in Burnley's loss to Arsenal and the knock was minor enough for the right back to not be completely ruled out before the win over the Cherries, so one would hope Lowton will be back in time for this weekend's trip to Leicester City. Veteran Phil Bardsley filled in well against AFC Bournemouth, marking the first time this year that the back four featured someone not named Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee or Ward.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 05:01:00 AM

Burnley jumped into sixth place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Robbie Brady proved to be the man of the match, influencing both goals with a goal and assist. The Irish international started in the 36th minute when he rumbled down the wing and found forward Chris Wood in the box with a perfect cross for the first goal. Then, in the 65th minute, Brady scored what proved to be the match winner by curling his shot past Asmir Begovic for an impressive goal.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 05:05:00 PM



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