Mixed news on injury front for Clarets
Chris McCann is in line for a return to duty against Crystal Palace on Saturday but the visit of the high-flying Eagles is likely to come too soon for Charlie Austin and Martin Paterson.
The trio all missed the Clarets’ FA Cup exit at Barnsley a week ago with hamstring problems.
Top scorer Austin looks set to miss out on a shoot-out with Palace marksman Glenn Murray – whose 22 goals this season put him just one behind Austin’s total – but McCann could make a welcome return in midfield in the absence of the suspended Brian Stock.
“Charlie is touch and go, probably not. Pato is touch and go, probably not. They are the main two,” said boss Sean Dyche, who has also ruled out defender Ben Mee.
“Macca has got a very good chance. He has trained today so we are hoping there is no reaction to that.”
The absence of Austin and Paterson reduces the Clarets’ attacking options but Wes Fletcher has forced his way into contention after being named among the substitutes at Oakwell.
And the 21-year-old also performed well in the Development Squad in mid-week when Alex MacDonald and Junior Stanislas both scored twice in a 4-1 win over an Everton XI.
“I value those games. They are very important because we do believe that players will have to step into the first team, as they have done, and deliver performances,” Dyche added.
“Wes and Macca both turned up and played well and Junior looked sharp. There were a number of good performances, from what I have been told.
“It’s good to have that. We want to make sure the young players – and we took Cameron Howieson and Luke Conlan to Barnsley – understand what it’s all about so their pathway is clear, so that when they come in they are at ease with it and understand it and they have an insight into what we are doing.”