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Gilchrist Injured In Friendly Win

22 July 2015

Striker stretchered off as Clarets ease past St Mirren

Burnley are anxiously awaiting news on an injury to striker Jason Gilchrist that marred the behind-closed-doors friendly win at St Mirren.

Gilchrist, the only striker on show at St Mirren Park as the Clarets rounded off their mini-tour with a 3-0 win, was stretchered off just 14 minutes into the game after falling awkwardly.

And Burnley boss Sean Dyche, already without rested trio Jelle Vossen, Sam Vokes and Marvin Sordell, admitted he feared bad news for the young striker (pictured, above).

He said: “Unfortunately, Jason got an injury that didn’t look too good, so we will await news on that.

“That’s the only black mark on the few days we’ve had up here. It didn’t look good though.

“Sometimes players get up quickly, but he didn’t, so we will find out more when the medics get to look at him.”

Burnley followed up their 1-0 win at Glasgow Rangers with another professional display, running out comfortable victors thanks to Luke O’Neill’s first half brace and a second half strike from Matt Taylor.

Teenagers Bradley Jackson, Cameron Dummigan, Nathan Lowe and Alex Whitmore all gained valuable first team experience in a side that included a mixture of youth and experience.

Dyche added: “We thank St Mirren for hosting us at their stadium and it brought another professional feel to the game.

“You have to score goals even when you haven’t got strikers and ‘Gilly’ had gone off, so all credit to the lads because they manufactured a win from an awkward situation.

“We had too much for them today, when they had a few trialists out to be fair.

“But as it happened it worked out really well because we’ve brought a few of the younger lads up north because we ran out of numbers.

“We were unfortunate last night (at Rangers) with the striker issues because we would like to get minutes into them.

“They are nothing too major, but we couldn’t risk them today. They are injuries you might risk in a league or cup game, but we can’t afford to do that at the minute.

“We’re hopeful though that they will come back into the thinking for Saturday (at Chesterfield).”

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