Sean Dyche has confirmed that midfielder Steven Defour will miss Saturday’s visit of Everton as Burnley look for their third home league win of the season.
But the Clarets’ boss hopes the Belgium international will not be a long-term absentee with the hamstring injury that forced his early substitution in last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton.
Dyche said: “Steven has got a pretty straight-forward hamstring injury. We hope it’s straight-forward. It’s straight-forward as regards the scan.
“We are pleased with that. When players come off that quickly you are also a bit wary that it could be worse than it is.
“In this case we think it’s slightly better.
“He won’t be fit for the weekend but we’ll see how it goes after the weekend and how it settles down. That was slightly better news.”
Steven Defour scored his first goal for Burnley in a 2-0 win over Liverpool
Defour has made an instant impression at Turf Moor since his club record signing from Anderlecht in the summer, starting the last seven Premier League games as the Clarets have picked up seven points.
“He has done well. We like what he’s doing. I still think there is more to come. I still think he is adjusting to the physicality but he’s a good player,” added Dyche.
“We are missing Andre as well, who is another good player, but the challenge is to operate within your group. We want the group to be strong and this another chance to show it.”
Gray completes his four-match ban with the game against Everton, who are sixth in the Premier League after just one defeat so far this season.
However, the striker worked on his match-fitness with a mid-week run-out with the development squad – a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday which also marked the return from an injury sustained in pre-season for frontman Ashley Barnes.
“Ashley had half a game in the week. We had to make sure, because he’s been out for a long time. He came through that really well and he is training actively with the group, which his good,” said Dyche.
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