Player News - Burnley

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Ashley Barnes is set for an extended period on the sidelines after tests revealed his hamstring injury was more serious than originally thought.

Barnes limped off before half-time at Bradford on Saturday, but manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay growing concerns by suggesting the problem was only minor and his withdrawal was more of a precaution. However, it now looks like the striker is at risk of missing the start of the new Premier League campaign after a scan confirmed the extent of the damage. "Ashley is unfortunately going to be a bit longer than we hoped. We are not sure exactly how long yet but he’s tweaked a hamstring muscle," revealed the Clarets boss. "We are hoping it will settle down quickly. It’s nothing untoward but it could be a bit of time yet." There was better news regarding teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz, who was also forced off during the same game after complaining of muscular tightness, he trained on Tuesday and should come back into contention this weekend.
Jul 27 - 5:00 AM

Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz didn’t take any chances during the win at Bradford City on Saturday after the pair were replaced due to hamstring problems.

Barnes walked straight down the tunnel moments before half-time as Burnley cruised past last season’s League One play-off losers 4-1 at the Coral Windows Parade. However, manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay any serious concerns by confirming the striker had only suffered a minor tweak. "Ashley felt his hamstring and that’s why he just walked straight off," he said. "I’ve told the players to do that. There are no heroes at this stage and as soon as they feel anything at all they have to head off, because then there’s a shorter recovery period." Meanwhile, his replacement – Jutkiewicz – barely managed two-minutes after failing to return for the second forty-five. "Lukas was going to come out, but his hamstring was tight when he was warming up," revealed Dyche. "So I said not to push it. We want people fit."
Jul 23 - 1:45 PM

Burnley FC have made their first significant signing of the summer, acquiring Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Gudmundsson was one of the heroes of the Icelandic national team this summer at Euro 2016, starting every match and collecting one assist. He also racked up 11 assists last season for Charlton. His natural position is on the right wing but can also play as a center forward. He should be able to nail a starting job down if he can get acclimated to the rigors of the top flight, and he has already shown he is a hard-working player, as was displayed by the entire Iceland team this summer. His presence will have a negative impact on playing time for someone at Burnley, possibly one of George Boyd or Scott Arfield in the wide midfield positions or Sam Vokes if Sean Dyche decides to play him opposite Andre Gray. His fantasy outlook has potential but he should not be reached for in draft leagues, rather, he should be closely monitored early in the season for a possible waiver add.
Jul 20 - 1:21 AM

Iceland international striker Johann Berg Gudmundsson looks set to join Burnley from Charlton Athletic for a fee of £2.5m.

After the memorable performance Iceland put in at Euro 2016, it comes as no surprise that some of their regulars have drawn interest from Premier League clubs. Burnley struggled for goals in their last top flight appearance, and most of the goals they did manage came from the since-sold Danny Ings. Entering this season with Andre Gray, Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes as his main options, Sean Dyche looks to add another. Gudmundsson has English club football experience and certainly possesses an excellent work rate, as every Icelandic player displayed in France this past month.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 6:15 AM

Burnley has rewarded forward Ashley Barnes with a new contract following an impressive return from serious injury.

The 26-year-old's previous deal was set to expire after the upcoming season and Barnes' future looked grim after suffering a torn ACL at the end of the club's brief stint in the Premier League in 2015. But the forward returned for the final eight games of the Championship-winning season to help the Clarets back into the top flight. Barnes' three-year contract will now keep him at the Turf Moor through the summer of 2019. Said Barnes: "The main thing for me is getting back fit. I showed that last year towards the end of the season but not to the best of my ability."
Jul 10 - 8:32 AM

Sam Vokes headed home from a Chris Gunter cross to seal Wales' 3-1 victory over Belgium and a trip to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Wales' dream run continues after three unanswered goals brought the Welsh back from a goal down to move on. Ashley Williams equalized the Belgium opener. In the second half Hal Robson-Kanu made a brilliant turn to give Wales the lead and they doubled it late on Vokes' goal. Aaron Ramsey will miss the semi-final against Portugal after picking up another yellow card.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jul 1 - 4:50 PM

Stephen Ward faces a race against time to prove his fitness after picking up an ankle injury during the dramatic win over Italy.

The Burnley left-back missed the Group E opener with Sweden but has featured in the last two, affording Robbie Brady the opportunity to play in a more advanced role. And it was the Norwich City playmaker who grabbed the only goal of last night’s game as Brady latched onto a sublime cross from club and country teammate Wes Hoolahan to set up a last-16 tie with host nation France in Lyon this weekend. But, Ward’s availability currently hangs in the balance: "Stephen picked up an injury in the first half and his ankle is well blown up at the moment," Martin O’Neil said "but he’s desperate to play and we’ll have a look at him." Ireland are also hoping to have Jon Walters back as the Stoke forward battles to overcome an Achilles tendonitis problem.
Source: Irish Times
Jun 23 - 12:12 PM

Sam Vokes headed the Clarets to a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers and to a guaranteed top two spot in the Championship.

The top two spot means that Burnley have guaranteed themselves promotion back to the Premier League one season after being relegated. Sean Dyche's side were defensively solid in their Premier League campaign but they lost Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier last summer and will need to revitalize their attack if they want to survive this time around.
May 2 - 7:42 PM

Matthew Lowton has signed a three year deal with Burnley.

The defender quit Aston Villa after he's been out of favor for months now and has decided to take this talents to relegated Burnley. This obviously means Lowton will not have any fantasy value and even if Burnley were to be promoted next season, he would not be a great fantasy choice in the future.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 12:29:00 PM

Matthew Lowton seems set to sign with relegated Burnley after a poor Aston Villa season.

Lowton was arguably Aston Villa's best player just a couple of seasons ago but it's all gone downhill from there and he only featured in 12 matches this year. The defender will be a quality starter at Burnley, who no longer play in the Premier League, and will act as Kieran Trippier's replacement. Whether or not the move is completed, avoid Lowton in fantasy at all costs.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 02:29:00 AM

Ashley Barnes is set for an extended spell on the sidelines amid fears the Burnley attacker may have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Sundays’ final day victory at Villa Park.

An initial scan proved inconclusive but the club and player are preparing for the worst. If confirmed Barnes will become the third Burnley player since January 1, 2015 to rupture his ACL joining Kevin Long and Dean Marney and the fourth within the past 14 months after Sam Vokes missed the first half of the campaign having been injured back in March 2014. The ACL is one of the main knee stabilisers and although surgery is not always required in the case of an elite athlete it will be; success rates are high and recovery typically takes between 9-12 months.
Wed, May 27, 2015 05:04:00 AM

No result this weekend will keep Burnley from avoiding relegation, so perhaps Sean Dyche will view their final top flight match as a chance to ring in some changes.

Dyche stuck with the same XI for virtually the entire season, making changes for the most part only to adjust to injuries and suspensions. Now would be a good time to reward some of the peripheral members of the cast with some minutes, which would also give him an opportunity to evaluate his squad. Lucas Jutkiewicz, a star in their preseason but behind Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes in the pecking order, would seem an ideal candidate as well as defender Michael Keane, who is one of the better prospects for their future. They travel to Aston Villa this weekend and should find it tough as the Villans looks to bounce back from the drubbing at the hands of Southampton and boost their confidence ahead of their FA Cup final.
Tue, May 19, 2015 10:48:00 AM

If ever there was an appropriate way for Burnley to end their Premier League home schedule it was with a nil-nil draw and that's how it ended at Turf Moor against Stoke City.

Tom Heaton and the Burnley defense have been stout at home with only West Ham having conceded fewer home goals in the bottom half of the table over the season. Unfortunately for the Clarets no team has scored fewer goals either at home or on the road this season. Given that no venue in the Premier League has seen fewer goals this season, the fact that Turf Moor and the Clarets' supporters were treated to a hard-fought nil-nil draw as they prepared themselves to resume life in the Championship only seems appropriate. One can only imagine where the goals might come from when the club loses Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, their best two attacking players, this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
Sat, May 16, 2015 01:05:00 PM

Tom Heaton and the Burnley defense stepped up in an important game against Hull City and won 1-0.

Heaton wasn't very busy on the day but grabbed three saves on the way to a clean sheet and a win. Heaton has had a very up and down season but Burnley's horrible defense has made him a poor fantasy choice. Despite the win last weekend, Burnley are now relegated and it's unknown if they'll test some youngsters in their last match, making Heaton a weak fantasy choice this weekend.
Tue, May 12, 2015 07:21:00 PM

Burnley cannot seem to buy a goal these days but their defense came off a productive weekend despite the 1-0 loss away to West Ham United.

Burnley are now on six games played without scoring a single goal, with the past four matches all ending in 0-1 or 1-0 results. Their defense though has been respectable, conceding a total of ten goals in their last ten games combined. Despite keeping clean sheets in only two of those contests, Claret defensive options have shown to be productive, such as this past loss to the Hammers. Three of the four defenders reached double digit points in the Yahoo game, including Ben Mee who scored 11. They will be tasked to stop Dame N'Doye in a pivotal relegation battle this coming weekend.
Tue, May 5, 2015 10:51:00 AM


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