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Clarets Duo Set To Miss Wembley Trip

13 December 2018

Clarets duo Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both doubts as the Clarets embark on the first of two trips to north London, this weekend.

Sean Dyche’s men have been dealt a raw deal by the fixtures’ computer, travelling to face Spurs this weekend, followed by a similar journey next weekend, to Arsenal.

And the Burnley boss revealed that both Belgian midfielder Defour and wide man Gudmundsson, who limped off against Brighton, could miss the trip to Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

“Steven has a tight calf and Johann has a tight hamstring, so they are both doubtful,” confirmed Dyche.

“Steven is getting back there overall, but he’s had a few niggles along the way and we had that with Robbie (Brady), of course.

“So, we’ve had a tough time generally, for the first time in six years, when as soon as we get one back another one goes down, but we will keep working towards getting everyone fit.”

The Clarets head south with a renewed spring in their step following last week’s hard-fought win over Brighton at Turf Moor.

And Dyche wants his players to head out at Wembley and express themselves against a Spurs side enjoying one of their best ever starts to a Premier League season, and boosted by the Champions League draw away at Barcelona in midweek.

“You need a reward for your work and sometimes you don’t get that,” said Dyche.

“But the players have earned that and to come out of the Brighton game, when the fans were brilliant, makes a huge difference.

“It was a good win and it just reminds the lads that although this league can be tough, we know how to win games.

“We’ve come almost back to the base level, so now it’s about the players going out and expressing themselves.”


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