Player News - Burnley

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It was not pretty, but Burnley were able to escape from Sunderland's ground with just their third road point of the season as the two sides played to a 0-0 final.

There was plenty of intrigue heading into this one as Sunderland had a chance to enjoy some home cooking against a Burnley defense that has been horrific away from Turf Moor. However, it was a bit of a snooze-fest, with Ashley Barnes slicing the only real chance of the first half wide. Tom Heaton had little to do in the opening 45 minutes but was put to the test in the second half, and he came up with a handful of class saves to preserve a clean sheet. The performance moves Heaton back to the top scoring keeper on the season in the FPL game.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 12:55 PM

Because of illness to a chief investigator involved in Joey Barton's disciplinary hearing for betting accusations, the hearing has been postponed a week and Barton is free to play this weekend against Liverpool.

Earlier in the week, it appeared Barton may have kicked his last football for the Clarets, as this is not his first turn on the wheel with the FA regarding his betting habits and a lengthy ban is to be expected. However, he has at least one more match in the Premier League, but that will depend on Sean Dyche's willingness to use him and/or Barton's fitness, as the midfielder has to shake of a minor hamstring strain. Normally, it would be safe to say he can be dropped in all fantasy formats but, in deep draft leagues and only eight clubs in action, an appearance by Barton this weekend could help a manager or two out.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 9 - 7:23 AM

Joey Barton may have kicked his last ball for Burnley with the midfielder facing the prospect of a lengthy ban.

The 34-year-old will attend a Football Association hearing later this week to answer a betting charge while manager Sean Dyche also confirmed Barton was replaced with 10 minutes remaining at Swansea due to a problem with his hamstring, the full extent of which, is yet to be determined. But regardless, Barton looks set to miss most, if not all, of the remaining matches in 2016/17 following an investigation by the FA which claim he broke rules by placing 1,260 bets on "football matches or competitions" between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016. Steven Defour could return on Sunday following his recovery from a hamstring strain while Ashley Barnes is available after serving a one-match ban. The trip to Anfield is likely to come too soon for winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson: "I doubt he [will be available]," said Dyche. "Defour maybe, he's had a good week with us, so we'll see what the week brings."
Mar 7 - 4:52 AM

Andre Gray was a one-man show for the Clarets on Saturday, but Burnley were hard down by to come away from the Liberty Stadium with nothing.

In a wild game that featured three lead changes, Burnley looked hopeful to get a positive away result at the hour mark when Gray sent in his second goal of the afternoon, and fifth of the season, this one coming from a Sam Vokes flick-on to give Burnley a 2-1 lead. The Clarets were gifted the first by the referee, who wrongly awarded a handball in the box as Gray put the penalty past Lukasz Fabianski. But just eight minutes away taking the lead, Swansea answered back with a quick goal, before breaking Burnley's spirit in the final minutes of stoppage time with Fernando Llorente's winner. In team news, goalkeeper Tom Heaton was a late scratch due to illness as Paul Robinson made his 375th top-flight appearance.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 4 - 12:18 PM

Burnley travel to South Wales to take on Swansea City this weekend, but will do so without Ashley Barnes, who is serving a one-game suspension.

Barnes was sent off last weekend in Burnley's draw with Hull after collecting his second bookable offence of the match, which causes him to be ineligible this weekend against the Swans. If Sean Dyche decides to stick with two strikers in his formation, Sam Vokes will most certainly partner Andre Gray. Jeff Hendrick's return from suspension gives Dyche an additional midfield option though, so perhaps the manager goes with a lone striker with the other providing support as a bench option.
Source: 90 Min
Mar 3 - 6:41 AM

Burnley received a mixed bag of team news in manager Sean Dyche's latest injury update following the weekend.

The club was without winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and midfielders Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick for the 1-1 draw against Hull City on Saturday. However, Hendrick will return this weekend to face Swansea City after serving his three-match ban for a red card. On the other hand, Dyche said he doubted Gudmundsson would return while remaining hopeful for Defour: "Not Johann, maybe, but I doubt it. Steven has an outside chance, we’ll see how he does this week. He’s back out on the grass and active."
Source: Club Call
Feb 28 - 4:48 PM

Burnley won't have winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and midfielder Steven Defour available for the weekend.

The trip to Hull City comes too early for the duo as Gudmundsson has yet to recover from a knee injury sustained in a shocking FA Cup loss to Lincoln last weekend. Meanwhile, manager Sean Dyche confirmed that Defour has recovered from a hamstring injury but needs to regain match fitness before returning to the squad: "Johann has unfortunately tweaked a medial knee ligament, which is not too drastic but he is not going to be ready for the weekend...His injury is clear but now it's strength and fitness, of course, on the back of a few weeks out. He's actively back on the grass now."
Feb 24 - 6:00 PM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson picked up a knock in Burnley's FA Cup loss to Lincoln City last weekend, and has been ruled out of this weekend's trip to Hull City.

Gudmundsson had just returned from a hamstring injury that had kept him out since early January but he had to exit early against Lincoln City. His absence from the club will be felt in their attack. Having picked up only one point away from Turf Moor so far this campaign, the Clarets will be looking for a positive result against upstart Hull in an intriguing matchup, but four midfielders; Gudmundsson, Marney, Hendrick and Defour are all out of the running.
Source: Goal.com
Feb 23 - 1:02 AM

Burnley found itself on the wrong side of history in a 1-0 home loss to National League side Lincoln City.

Lincoln's victory, which came from a last-gasp match-winner in the 89th minute at the Turf Moor, made them the first non-league club to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup since 1914. Despite the crushing loss, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Clarets will now refocus on the Premier League following their impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend: "It was a day to forget, rather than one to remember and unfortunately there is no positive today. The only thing is we played our bit part in a fairytale, but that’s not a positive and it isn’t to be swept under the carpet; it’s to be learned from...The key now is to remember that, of course it would have been nice to go through today, but the bigger picture is the league."
Feb 19 - 4:12 AM

Burnley found themselves trailing early but Robbie Brady opened his account with the Clarets scoring a fantastic free kick and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw.

The five game win streak at Turf Moor is over but Burnley proved yet again that their ground inspires its players to put in a hard-working shift and the persistence payed off by grabbing a point against the front runners for the title. They conceded the opener only seven minutes in but Joey Barton drew a foul a few yards behind the box and Brady, making his first start, smashed a curling effort into the top corner. Michael Keane anchored a stout defense that left Chelsea frustrated when they were on the ball. If Burnley continue to perform at home, they should enjoy another season in the top flight.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 12 - 10:29 AM

Steven Defour will miss his second consecutive match due to a hamstring injury and will not be an option for Sean Dyche as Burnley host Chelsea on Sunday.

Suddenly, the Clarets have a crisis in central midfield as within a span of a week or so, Defour picked up a hamstring injury, Dean Marney has had season-ending surgery and Jeff Hendrick is suspended until Week 26. Signing Ashley Westwood at the end of the transfer window looks to have been an important move and he may get the start against Chelsea this weekend after a run out against Watford last weekend. Joey Barton also looks certain to start this weekend but playing Chelsea this weekend, you won't want to consider any of these options for fantasy purposes.
Feb 11 - 5:03 AM

Jeff Hendrick was shown a straight red as Burnley were defeated 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Despite being one of the best sides at home, Burnley's miserable away record continued at Vicarage Road. Sean Dyche's side, who have not won an away match this season, got off to a torrid start when midfielder Jeff Hendrick was sent to the stands after just six minutes for a two-footed challenge on Jose Holebas. Things went from bad to worse shortly thereafter when Troy Deeney headed home to give Watford the lead just four minutes later, while M'Baye Niang doubled the margin right before the break. The Clarets mounted a comeback in the second half and pulled one back when Ashley Barnes converted a penalty in the 78th-minute, after Sebastion Prodl used his arm to deflect a Joey Barton strike in the box. However, the deficit proved too much to over come. The loss drops Burnley to 12th with 29 points, one point behind 10th place Watford.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 12:56 PM

Ashley Westwood has been signed by Burnley from Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half year deal with an option to extend the contract an additional year.

It comes as something of a surprise that the Clarets were the Premier League's biggest spenders on deadline day, bringing in Robbie Brady along with Westwood. Westwood is a central midfielder who showed some very positive growth last season on an otherwise dismal Aston Villa side and his arrival will fill the void left by Dean Marney, whose season ended with ligament damage in his knee. With Joey Barton coming back this winter and the signings of Jeff Hendrick and Steven Defour, Sean Dyche has a nice problem of several options to choose from in central midfield. The depth should also increase the manager's willingness to field a lone striker at times rather than his usual 4-4-2 look. Westwood might have fantasy value in some formats but only if he nails down a regular starting gig, which is not guaranteed at this time.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 2 - 5:17 AM

Burnley made a key acquisition on deadline day by agreeing to a deal with Norwich City that sees Robbie Brady join the Clarets for a fee of around £13m.

This is a record fee signing for the Clarets and should help them tremendously in their bid to remain in the top flight. Brady has top flight experience, playing as a left back, wing back or midfielder position, so he gives Sean Dyche plenty of options. There will be no clean sheet potential in the FPL game as Brady is classified as a midfielder, but he still carries value in all other formats and could be an FPL prospect at some point this season, with his ability to contribute crosses and set piece work. He should find himself in the XI regularly and immediately.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 2 - 5:08 AM

Substitute Sam Vokes scored a controversial late winner for Burnley to secure a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at Turf Moof on Tuesday.

Burnley bounced back after a forgettable defeat at West Ham with an impressive win at home against the reigning Premier League champs. The Clarets started the match on the offensive in a rather dull first half but continued to push after the restart, and finally broke the deadlock in the 87th minute when Vokes netted from close range to secure their fifth successive league win at Turf Moor. Although the replay showed that the striker controlled the ball with his hand, referee Mike Dean waved off the protests of Leicester's players and allowed the goal to stand. The victory lifts Burnley to 9th in the table, on 29 points, ahead of their trip to Watford on Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:33 PM


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