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Defour Back But Ward To Miss Palace Visit

3 November 2016

Sean Dyche is ready to welcome back Steven Defour from injury for Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

But defender Ward will miss his first Premier League game of the season after picking up a hamstring strain in the Clarets’ 0-0 draw at Manchester United last Saturday.

Midfielder Defour has been absent for Burnley’s last two games after a hamstring injury forced him off during a 3-1 defeat at Southampton last month.

But the Belgium international has had a good week’s training after just missing out on the trip to Old Trafford and is set to re-join the squad as Burnley look for a fourth home win of the season.

Boss Dyche confirmed: “He’s good. We are pleased with our decision and his last week.

“A player’s urge is to play, particularly in games like that. We had to make a judgement call with the medical team here and we decided it wasn’t the right thing to do.

“That’s allowed him more days to train and train properly and he certainly looks and seems like he’s feeling well.”


Stephen Ward has started all 10 of Burnley's Premier League games this season 

However, Ward will not recover in time, which will mean a change at left-back against Palace, who are level on points with the 14th-placed Clarets.

“He won’t be right,” said Dyche. “He seems in my time working with him that he’s a quick healer and he seems to respond to treatment really well.

“That seems to have started this week so we are confident with it, but he won’t be ready for this week.”

Ward has been included in the Republic of Ireland’s squad for their World Cup qualifier in Austria next Saturday but is also expected to miss that game.


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