Clarets confident Jason Shackell injury not seriousCaptain Jason Shackell has not given up his fight to face Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
Shackell was forced to pull out of the Clarets’ 2-2 draw with Millwall last Saturday after feeling the effects of an on-going problem in the back of the knee.
But assistant manager Jason Tindall has not yet ruled out the central defender as Burnley prepare to face a Wednesday side which lost its sixth successive game at Wolves at the weekend.
“Jason was carrying a little bit of a knock leading up to the game, as he was leading up to the Derby game,” said Tindall.
“We felt he was all right and Jason felt he was all right, but he was still feeling it in the warm-up so we decided not to take any risks.
“He could probably have got away with it and played but from our point of view we can’t afford to lose him long term, so we made that decision and hopefully he will be all right for tomorrow night.
“He will be assessed again. He is feeling a lot better so hopefully he will be fit and available for tomorrow night. But if not he certainly won’t be too far away.”
Jason Shackell won't be out long term
The Clarets have no further injury concerns as they look to get over the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser against Millwall after controversially having a third ‘ goal’ ruled out by a retrospective offside decision.
And after playing for 77 minutes against the Lions – his longest run-out since the opening day of the Championship season – striker Martin Paterson is again ready to make a major contribution.
“We have had to be really careful with Pato. We have gradually built him up, we have a plan for him and so far he has had no problems and is feeling great,” Tindall added.
“Hopefully he’s not too far away from being able to consistently play 90 minutes, but what we don’t want is for him to rush his recovery and continuously play 90 minutes and he breaks down again.
“We’re delighted with how things have gone and hopefully we can keep him on the pitch because I think everyone knows what a good player he is and how important he is to the team.”