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Vokes Doubtful For Hammers Clash

30 April 2015

Clarets boss Sean Dyche may be without striker Sam Vokes for the Barclays Premier League visit to West Ham United this weekend.

The Wales international missed the clash with Leicester City and will have a minor thigh injury assessed ahead of the game.

But despite Vokes being ‘touch and go’ for a crucial clash, the manager has a clean bill of health aside from the well-documented long-term absentees.

Dyche said: “Sam has still got a minor thigh injury so we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.

“He’s touch and go for the trip to West Ham but apart from the long-term absentees we have everyone available.”

Ashley Barnes, who has operated in wide berth recently, returns from the one-match suspension that saw him miss last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester City and may come in up front to partner top goalscorer Danny Ings.

That means the experienced Matty Taylor is also in contention for a reunion with his former employers.

Dyche added: “Matty will want to play as he’s had a tough time with injuries since he’s got here and he’s had an awkward spell out that we thought would be moderate term.

“He’s a super-fit lad and he’ll be looking forward to playing if he is selected again.

“What happened last week is part of the game and he’s experienced enough to know that.

“His history is clear on penalties and he’s done very well with them in big moments so we move forwards and we don’t just keep looking back at that.”

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