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Dyche Faces Defensive Checks

4 May 2017

Sean Dyche will need to take a defensive roll-call before finalising his side to face West Bromwich Albion in a game that could guarantee the Clarets' Premier League safety.

Michael Keane has joined Ben Mee (shin) in the treatment room as he battles to preserve his ever-present record this season.

And Stephen Ward will also require a check after he limped off just before half-time in Burnley's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday with the effects of an on-going knee problem.

"We've got a couple of knocks," confirmed Dyche. "Keano has got a knock, so we're unsure on him. We are hopeful but we're unsure at this stage.

"Ben Mee is still touch and go. It is settling down but it's a close call.

"Wardy we think will be okay, but we will give him tomorrow as well to make sure he's well."

After being able to pick virtually the same back line for much of the season, Dyche was forced into a re-shuffle at Selhurst Park.

Michael Keane is one of only four outfield players in the Premier League to have played every minute

But James Tarkowski enjoyed a superb full Premier League debut and Jon Flanagan successfully filled the void left by Ward's early departure at left-back.

The Clarets' first away win of the campaign means that another three points against the Baggies on Saturday will ensure a second successive campaign of top-flight football at Turf Moor.

A failure for Swansea to win later in the day against Everton would also make it job done for Dyche's men.

But the Burnley boss is not thinking about any sort of celebration as he looks to keep going to the end of a potentially landmark season with nine more points still up for grabs.

"First things first, let's stay focused on the job. That's my intention and it's the team's intention," Dyche added.

"I made that clear straight after the game at Crystal Palace, which was obviously a very important result.

"I  made it clear. I said 'there's still work to be done lads'.

"We've got to take on the challenge and have the right mentality to keep working in the vein that we have.

"I will reflect on it differently in three weeks, because it will be done whatever - but at the moment I'm staying focused on the job in hand, and so are the players."

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