Player News - Burnley

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Scott Arfield has not been ruled out of Burnley's trip to Arsenal on Sunday but remains a major doubt while Johann Berg Gudmundsson has a slightly better chance of a return.

While most sources are applying a "25% chance available" tag to each wide midfielder, according to the Lancashire Telegraph, Arfield's appears to be closer to no chance and Gudmundsson more a 50/50 proposition. Both picked up hamstring injuries two weeks back in FA Cup action but according to Sean Dyche, Gudmundsson has been progressing well in the buildup to Sunday while Arfield has been more "touch and go". Neither make an appealing fantasy option this weekend even if they were fit, given the matchup.
Jan 21 - 3:54 AM

Joey Barton marked his return to the Premier League and Burnley with the goal which gave the Clarets a 1-0 win against Southampton.

The first half in this tie was painful viewing. Both teams played with their predictable styles, neither side really threatening but the Saints were in the ascendancy. Ward-Prowse had a header well saved by Heaton but that was the extent of the chances. Barton joined the fray in the 73rd minute just before Heaton intervened to stop any onrushing Southampton attackers latching on to Van Dijk's flick-on. Barton beat Forster from 25 yards thanks to a deflection in the wall. Burnley sat back to resist the Southampton onslaught with Heaton executing a few fine late saves from Jay Rodriguez and Josh Sims to earn Burnley's 8th home win of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 14 - 12:06 PM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson had to exit Burnley's FA Cup draw with Sunderland after pulling up with a hamstring injury, putting his status for Week 21 in doubt.

Gudmundsson suffered a hamstring injury back in late November, keeping him out of action until the final week of 2016. Now, just one week into the new year, the Icelandic international is back in the physio room with the same issue. Sean Dyche was quoting as saying the injury looked "minor", as does Scott Arfield's, who also limped off with a hamstring complaint against the Black Cats. Dyche will likely follow up on the status of both wide midfielders later in the week.
Jan 9 - 6:03 AM

Sean Dyche revealed Joey Barton could feature at the Stadium of Light this weekend as Burnley travel to Wearside for their FA Cup third-round tie against Sunderland.

Barton has re-joined the Clarets until the end of the season following a brief and unsuccessful stint north of the border. "I felt he deserved the respect of coming back in and training with us," Dyche said. "He's come back and showed us he wants to be part of it again. There's no guarantee on how much of a part he plays but he's in the pack." Barton was crowned Player of the Year, as voted for by the Burnley faithful, at the end of 2015/16 before his ill-fated move to Rangers. However, Dyche was keen to stress that the Premier League is "a different level of football" and Barton must earn his right to be in the team.
Jan 5 - 1:00 PM

Burnley have now lost eight out of nine matches on the road this season after Monday's 2-1 defeat to 10-man Manchester City at the Etihad.

Despite playing with a man advantage for two thirds of the match, the Clarets were undone by a pair of second half goals after Fernandinho was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Jeff Hendrick. After the restart Manchester City introduced Serigo Aguero and David Silva, which proved to be the offensive injections needed to break the deadlock. However, it was Gael Clichy who struck first in the 58th-minute before Aguero tucked away from a tight angle to give the home side a 2-0 lead. Burnley didn't go without a fight though, as they forced a nervy last 20 minutes out of City after Ben Mee pulled one back in the 70th minute. The loss means Burnley remain in 11th, on 23 points, heading into their FA Cup Third Round match at Sunderland on January 7th.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 2:15 PM

Burnley all of a sudden finds itself on a festive winning streak following a 4-1 win against Sunderland at the Turf Moor.

Andre Gray seems to have found his groove with goals in consecutive matches, except on Saturday he didn't jut manage one; he scored three goals in a span of 22 minutes, leaving to a standing ovation from his home crowd. Gray, who now has five goals on the season, was expected to be the go-to man that kept Sean Dyche and company from another Premier League relegation. But an early-season ban for hateful speech on past social media posts kept him from adapting to the top flight. Now, Gray is in top form, starting his scoring in the 31st minute and wrapping up a hat-trick by the 53rd. Ashley Barnes rounded out the scoring, but the club couldn't record a second straight clean sheet thanks to Jermaine Defoe.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Jeff Hendrick will be unavailable for Burnley's New Year's Eve tilt with Sunderland as the midfielder serves a one-game suspension after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season.

Since making his first start for the club in Week 5, Hendrick has played all but five minutes of every league match, so he is certainly a relied upon option for Sean Dyche's side. Hendrick has a couple of goals to his credit thus far this season, but has pretty limited appeal in most fantasy formats. The Clarets may be able to squeak out a possible result without his services, given a decent fixture playing at home to Sunderland, and they will have the Republic of Ireland international fresh for the tougher match two days later against Manchester City.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:04:00 AM

Andre Gray scored the decisive goal as Burnley overcame Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

Burnley were the slightly more attacking team in the first half and made Valdes work to keep his card unblemished. The best chance of that half came to Stuani though, who failed to convert from 18 yards on his return to the 'Boro side. Stuani again failed to take a second half opportunity as the cautions mounted on both sides as the second half progressed. Burnley grabbed the sole goal of the game in the 80th minute. Heaton blasted the ball forward and Vokes flicked on. Gray lashed a shot towards Valdes, who shouldn't have spilled the ball to let it into his own net. A crucial win for the home side who have now reached 20 points overall.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:01:00 PM

Sean Dyche has given the go-ahead for Johann Berg Gudmundsson to return to contention for Burnley's Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough.

The Icelandic international has missed the last four matches for the Clarets, after suffering a hamstring injury in late November. He will be a major boost for the attack, as he hit a nice run of form, scoring a goal and two assists in a three game span shortly before the injury occurred. He will likely reclaim a spot in the XI immediately, with either George Boyd or Scott Arfield making way. Arfield has logged more minute on the season, making one think is role is more cemented, but Boyd has been more productive of late. Fantasy managers in draft leagues may have dropped Gudmundsson following his injury, so he certainly worth combing through the free agent/waiver wire for those in need of some midfield help.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:29:00 AM

Making just his second start of the season, Ashley Barnes scored the opening goal for Burnley, but the Clarets squandered their advantage, going on to lose 2-1 to Tottenham.

The stage was set for an upset when the Clarets got on the board first in the 21st minute, scoring just their second goal of the season away from Turf Moor. Kyle Walker lost possession deep in Tottenham territory and George Boyd managed to pick out Barnes at the far post, the latter guiding the ball past a helpless Hugo Lloris. The lead only lasted six minutes though and Burnley struggled in the creativity department as the match wore on, eventually allowing Spurs to come from behind to win. The goal might have earned Barnes a Boxing Day start but he carries minimal fantasy value at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Burnley remain winless away from home after Wednesday's 1-0 loss at West Ham.

Burnley had a match to forget at the Olympic Stadium. In a first half that saw very few chances, West Ham controlled the majority of possession and produced the game's lone goal. Despite a save by Tom Heaton on Mark Noble's initial penalty effort, awarded after Ben Mee brought down Winston Reid, Noble converted the rebound to put the Hammers ahead just before halftime. Burnley showed better after the restart but their second-half offensive assault was withstood by West Ham, as Sam Vokes missed a sitter when he failed to head into an empty net late on. Ahead of a trip to Tottenham in Week 17, the loss drops Burnley to a record of 0-1-6 record playing away from home this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Burnley continued their good home form with a narrow 3-2 win over Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

Burnley's Republic or Ireland duo Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward fired the Clarets to an early lead. The former scored a goal of the season candidate after controlling a high ball from Lowton. Ward's goal was scrappier, with Boruc spilling the ball for the full back to drill in. It was a fantastic start for Burnley but the shocked Cherries rebounded with an Afobe goal just before the break. Bournemouth continued to dominate possession but the home side struck again, this time through George Boyd. Charlie Daniels scored a goal in injury time to give Howe's men a chance of another result with an unlikely comeback but it was not to be. A great match with positives for both sides but Burnley ultimately rewarded for their lightening start.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Sean Dyche confirmed in his press conference leading up to Burnley's match against Bournemouth this weekend that Tom Heaton should be in contention.

Heaton has missed the past two league games with a calf injury but it sounds as though, barring a setback, the first choice keeper will be back between the sticks versus the Cherries on Saturday. Veteran Paul Robinson has been starting in Heaton's place and, while showing himself well against the Citizens two weekends ago, he looked a bit shaky against Stoke this past weekend, so Heaton's return would be a welcome one both for Burnley and for countless fantasy managers.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 01:09:00 AM

Burnley remain winless away from home after a 2-0 loss at Stoke City on Saturday.

With Tom Heaton unavailable through injury, veteran Paul Robinson made his second start of the season. However, it made no difference as Stoke City defeated Burnley thanks to a pair of unstoppable strikes. Burnley started the match on the attack but fell behind after 20 minutes when Jonathan Walters produced a stellar finish that looped over Robinson and into the net. Robinson was again unable to do much in the 35th-minute, as the Potters doubled their lead through Marc Muniesa's first Premier League goal. The 2-0 defeat marked Burnley's fifth defeat in six matches on the road and leaves the Clarets just three points above the drop zone. Manager Sean Dyche and his side will look to end a three-match losing streak when they face Bournemouth at home next Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 01:43:00 PM

Burnley will assess Dean Marney and Johann Gudmundsson [both hamstring] and Tom Heaton [calf] ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stoke City.

The Clarets were rocked after an injury ruled ever-present goalkeeper Heaton out of the early kick off with Manchester City. But in his absence, 37-year-old stopper Paul Robinson came in for his first league start, having signed 10 months earlier from Blackburn, and the veteran rewarded Sean Dyche’s faith with a "first class" performance. The Burnley boss said it was too early to determine how long Heaton would be sidelined. Similarly, Marney and Gudmundsson remain doubtful for game week 14 with the pair due to have an MRI scan after limping off within minutes of each during a frantic first half at Turf Moor. Scott Arfield is almost certain to earn a recall if either fails to recover, while Ashley Barnes or Andre Gray are options in attack alongside Sam Vokes should both players miss out.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 06:31:00 AM



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