Gaffer urges squad to seize the moment
Sean Dyche insists the loss of key personnel opens the door for someone to make themselves a hero against Cardiff City this weekend.
Fulham’s decision to recall Alex Kacaniklic comes on the back of Charlie Austin’s appendix operation, which has ruled the 28-goal striker out of Burnley’s crucial three-match run-in.
And with Michael Duff unlikely to recover from a calf injury and Ben Mee struggling with a hamstring injury picked up at Leeds in midweek, the gaffer has thrown down the gauntlet.
Ben Mee: A doubt
Dyche said: “That’s the nature of loans. Once Damien Duff was injured I suspected they (Fulham) might need Alex and they have a right to do that.
“But it’s a chance for people to stand up and be counted.
“That’s what they all want. They will all bang on your door at some point and ask to be playing. Well, this is a chance for someone and it’s the same situation with Charlie.”
On the current injury situation, Dyche explained: “Michael probably won’t make it back and Ben is a concern after coming off at Leeds.
“He is not too serious, but he just can’t get that run of games under his belt at the minute.”
Cardiff arrive at Turf Moor having gained promotion in midweek and needing three points to secure the Championship title.
For the Clarets, points remain a priority to keep their heads above the ever-rising water line at the foot of the league.
And Dyche insists his players are up for the fight.
He added: “The challenge is there right in front of our face and we have to take it.
“They are all big games now – they have been all season.
“But Cardiff are coming to town having just got promoted and they will be looking to win.
“I know that because I know the manager and he will demand that from his troops.
“They have stamped their authority on the division home and away, but we like to think of ourselves as a team who can challenge clubs at all levels, so we need to make sure we are ready.
“We deserve to be better off than we are, but that has gone now. We have to make sure we earn the right!”
There will be more from Sean Dyche and Clarets skipper Jason Shackell ahead of Saturday’s big game (12.45pm, KO).
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