Burnley welcome Newcastle United to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, but boss Sean Dyche has a number of injury issues to contend with for the clash.

It has been a tough week or two for the Clarets with three successive defeats to their name, albeit they came against Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, so they could do with a lift.

Admittedly, Newcastle are not as tough an opponent as that trio, but Burnley are going into the contest with plenty of injuries to their name, something that will restrict the options Dyche has to call upon.

Among the players missing for the Clarets are Ashley Westwood, Ashley Barnes and Phil Bardsley, and while the Turf Moor boss wants to have them back, he confirmed ahead of the game that he won’t be rushing anyone, given the amount of matches that are on the horizon.

“A player’s instinct is to play and we’ve had times where I have had to make a call” The Burnley official website quotes him as saying.

“We have to be careful because we have a lot of games coming and it’s that risk and reward scenario.

“With the spate of injuries we’ve just had, we can’t afford people going down with long-term injuries, so therefore it will be touch and go with some of the decisions we make.

“That’s the balance! Some (decisions) are obvious because you watch them in training and you get good feedback from the player and from the physios that they are clear.

“Sometimes that only happens later in the week though, like this week.

“Then you are thinking what you can gain, or whether they go down again and, if they do, how long will that take.

“The thing about the human body is you can never quite guarantee it. If they train all week ahead of a game, it’s fair to say you trust that evidence.

“If they only train on Friday, that may come down to my decision, weighing up the games we have to come.”

Burnley have enough teams between them and the drop zone that they appear in no immediate danger with regards to their Premier League status, but a victory against the Magpies could just give everyone a timely boost.


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