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Defour Doubt For Liverpool

Midfielder faces fitness check as Clarets look to bounce back at Turf Moor

4 December 2018

Steven Defour is an injury doubt as the Clarets look to upset the form book against Liverpool at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

The midfielder is feeling the knee that underwent surgery at the start of the year.

And although manager Sean Dyche is confident it’s not a serious problem, he rates Defour – whose Burnley debut came in a 2-0 win over the Reds in August, 2016 – as ‘touch and go’.

“His knee is just a little bity niggly. It’s nothing too serious we don’t think,” confirmed the Burnley boss.

“He’s just at game six (into his comeback) now and when people have been out that long it takes a bit more than that.

“I’m always thinking around that nine or 10 mark when you really get that grounded fitness and you get your eye in and get used to what’s going on again in the Premier League.

“He’s making good headway towards getting back there, but we have to be a little bit careful all the way.”

The Clarets have no other injury concerns - apart from the continued absence of the recovering Stephen Ward and Nick Pope - as they prepare to take on the unbeaten Merseysiders.

And Dyche is looking for a response following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, which extended Burnley’s winless run to seven games.

“Last weekend wasn’t good enough. We know that. But then a short number of days before against Newcastle I thought it was a good performance and I thought we deserved more than we got," he added.

“So, there’s a balance to the workload and how we’re performing. I know the players we are working with and I know the honesty and the endeavour and I know some of the quality.

“That sometimes gets pushed aside when results aren’t going your way.

“The players are still working and have been good around the place. We’ve had disappointments before and pushed them aside quickly and we’ve got to do that again.”

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