Gaffer reveals striker set for short spell on sidelinesAshley Barnes has had his pre-season interrupted by a hamstring injury that will sideline the striker for an indefinite spell.
The Clarets striker, along with Lukas Jutkiewicz, both suffered injuries in the weekend win at Bradford City.
Neither featured in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers, which saw goals from Andre Gray and Josh Ginnelly earn a third win in four unbeaten games.
The gaffer poses for a selfie at Bolton
And Dyche later revealed that although Jutkiewicz is back in training, he is planning without Barnes while the striker undergoes treatment.
The Clarets boss said: “Ashley is unfortunately going to be a bit longer than we hoped. We are not sure exactly how long yet but he’s tweaked a hamstring muscle.
“The good news is it’s not in the belly of the hamstring, but we are hoping it will settle down quickly.
“He got off quickly (at Bradford), which is helpful, and Lukas’s is just common sense and a bit of tightness.
“His (injury) is very minor and he trained on grass on Tuesday and will be training the rest of the week.”
In the absence of both, and with midfield duo David Jones and Fredrik Ulvestad both missing out through illness, youth was given its head as The Macron Stadium.
Development squad forward Dan Agyei partnered Gray in attack, while 17-year-old Aiden O’Neill was the only player to complete 90 minutes in the victory, gained though Ginnelly’s 90th minute winner, after Gray’s early penalty was cancelled out by Jay Spearing.
Dyche added: “I was very pleased. It was a good continuation from Saturday.
“We made a lot of changes throughout the game – after making two at the beginning after David (Jones) and Freddie (Ulvestad)) fell ill.
“I thought despite the changes we didn’t alter the way we played and that’s a really pleasing thing, when players can slot in.
“The young lads did really well. Aiden has been with us all pre-season and done very well, and Daniel is maturing and did well up front with Andre.
“Then there’s Josh, who also got a bit of the action and his goal. I said to him that I thought he looked a little edgy at the weekend, but tonight he looked a lot freer.
Matchwinner Josh Ginnelly
“A lot of these young players’ journey is to belong in the first team and that’s not easy. But tonight will do him the world of good
“I don’t think the young lads are ready yet, so let’s not get too carried away. They are very good young players and I like them a lot and I think they are going to flourish here, but we have to time that right.
“However, pre-season is a great time to make sure they get a feel of the first team and some football with them.”
Dyche, who added that Sam Vokes and summer signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson would both feature in this weekend’s penultimate friendly game at Glasgow Rangers, added: “There was a really good mixture of football tonight.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
“We were methodical when we needed to be, and we showed good, possession-based football, which you need to do in the Premier League.
“But we were equally always looking to affect the opposition and I don’t think Tom (Heaton) or Paul (Robinson) had much to do at the back, so there were good signs on every level.
“It is pre-season and I don’t read too much into it, but you have to look at it and say that the lads are in good shape at the moment.”