Sean Dyche has revealed how Dean Marney felt he could run off his serious knee injury in Sunday’s draw with West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.
The midfielder will miss the rest of the season after scans showed he suffered a cruciate ligament damage following a seemingly innocuous challenge at the weekend.
Marney has now joined Kevin Long, who picked up a similar long-term injury away at Newcastle United on New Year’s Day, on the treatment table.
And the Burnley manager has insisted everyone at the club has been surprised by the severity of the problem, including Marney himself.
Dyche said: “It’s a strange one really as there was nothing malicious in the challenge the other day.
“Believe it or not and it sounds madness now, but he himself was saying to (physio) Ally Beattie after the game that he thought he might have been able to get through it and run it off, such was his desire to continue!
“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. We feel for Deano and ourselves because he’s done very, very well for us over a number of years and certainly in my time here.
“He’s a leader by the way he goes about his business and through years of playing at different, but mainly the top two levels he understands the game.
“He brings energy and quality and he’s rounded himself into a very, very good midfield player.
“But we move forwards now. We operate as a group, not just individuals and we’ll make necessary changes.
“Of course, he’ll get good support and we wish him well on the journey back to full fitness.”
Marney’s is the third cruciate knee injury in the past 11 months at Turf Moor, following Sam Vokes, who suffered the injury against Leicester last March, and Long, who suffered a setback not long into his Premier League debut at Newcastle on New Year’s Day.