Austin misses FA Cup tie but not going anywhere
Top scorer Charlie Austin will miss the Clarets’ FA Cup clash at Barnsley as boss Sean Dyche prepares to hold a roll-call for third-round duty.
Dyche has publicly counted out only Austin and defender Ben Mee from Saturday’s trip to Oakwell to face the manager-less Tykes.
But Dean Marney, who missed Tuesday’s impressive win at Sheffield Wednesday, and Chris McCann and Martin Paterson, who both came off during the 2-0 victory, remain under assessment.
“We are waiting for news on them,” said Dyche.
“They are touch and go scenarios but they are reasonably positive at the moment, apart from Charlie Austin, which is a bit longer term and Ben Mee, which is also a bit longer term.
“We’re not sure they will all make it in time.
“We will have a look at the squad and see what we think is appropriate, but whatever team we pick will be designed to win and that’s what we are hoping to do.”
Apart from Mee’s on-going recovery from a knee problem, it is a collection of hamstring and thigh injuries which have left question marks over a handful of Dyche's squad, which has also been missing Junior Stanislas in recent games.
Sean Dyche will weigh up his options for Saturday
Austin, who scored as the Clarets drew 1-1 at Barnsley in the Championship in November, is among those recovering from a hamstring strain but the manager fully expects to see the 23-goal striker back in a Burnley shirt as he again made it clear that no departure is on the cards following the opening of the January transfer window.
“The club has made it quite clear that they are not thinking of selling him,” said Dyche.
“We are happy for him to be here. He is enjoying his football, still scoring goals and long may that continue.”
The only transfer activity involving the Clarets so far is the arrival of Dane Richards – who could be involved at Oakwell if his international clearance is rubber-stamped in time – and the loan departure of George Porter to Colchester.
Porter came off the bench to make his U’s debut on New Year’s Day and Dyche believes such moves could benefit more of the young players at Turf Moor.
“It’s a good chance for George at a good club. And we are looking at options for other people here as well to go and get that experience as part of their development,” he added.
Elsewhere on the loan front, winger Cameron Stewart has returned to parent club Hull City at the end of his four-month stint with the Clarets.
Goalkeeper Jon Stewart is back at Turf Moor after completing his loan spell at Alfreton Town at the turn of the year, while Joe Jackson and Tom Anderson are available for AFC Barrow for the final time this coming weekend.