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Late Checks For Vokes and Jones

14 April 2016

Sam Vokes is “touch-and-go” for Saturday’s big Championship game at Birmingham City.

The Welsh striker came off with a groin strain during the Clarets weekend victory over Leeds United at Turf Moor.

And boss Sean Dyche today revealed that both Vokes - and to a lesser extent David Jones, who suffered from illness on Saturday – will both face late checks.

The gaffer said: “David was unwell, so we got him off the pitch on Saturday as quick as we could and we think he’ll be fine, but we’ll wait and see.

“However, Sam is touch-and-go. He has nothing major; just a minor abductor muscle injury, but we will decide on Friday whether the game comes around too quickly or not.

“But we have options, which is important at this stage of the season.”

Ashley Barnes: A striking option

Burnley head to St Andrew’s looking to extend their four-month, 18-game unbeaten league run and take another big step towards promotion.

Both Middlesbrough and third-placed Brighton, the latter playing on Friday, will know their results by the time Burnley kick off in the Midlands.

But Dyche insists his players are relishing the challenge before them in the closing weeks of the season.

He added: “I think we are enjoying the task in front of us and the challenge of it.

“We have worked very hard to be where we are and we are thirsty for more.

“I don’t overthink everyone else. Our challenge is right in front of us and that’s what we focus on.

“Even at Christmas time people were wondering if we would be more of a play-off team than where we’ve got to, but I said then that we knew the journey we were on.

“We’ve shown great clarity to get results with some good performances and got to where we have. Now we have to take it further!”

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And if you can’t make it to Birmingham on Saturday, Clarets Player HD will bring you every kick from 2.45pm with Phil Bird behind the mic. CLICK HERE for more details.

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