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Cork and Bardsley Back

Duo set to return but boss Sean Dyche eagerly awaits clean bill of health

8 November 2018

Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley are set to return to the Clarets’ squad for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.

But James Tarkowski may be missing and boss Sean Dyche admits injury absences have been felt in the opening months of the season.

Cork’s ever-present record in the Premier League – stretching back to the start of last season – was ended by an ankle injury that kept the midfielder out of the Clarets’ 4-2 defeat at West Ham last Saturday.

Bardsley also missed the game at the London Stadium with a minor knock to further reduce the defensive options already stripped of Ben Gibson and Stephen Ward.

Both are recovering from surgery and centre-back Tarkowski may also require an operation on the groin problem that has dogged him since the summer.

“Tarky is seeing a specialist today to find out about a similar thing, whether he can continue with it or he’s going to need something doing,” confirmed Dyche in his Thursday press briefing.

“We haven’t quite got back to having that full complement of players. We were close and then it’s gone away again.

“We are hoping whatever comes next after the international break, it looks like a more formed squad again, or there or thereabouts, so that we can go into the next period with a full group of players who are all ready and all fit.

“We’ll wait and see if that can occur.”

With goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Nick Pope missing the start of the season and midfield men Steven Defour and Robbie Brady not returning to Premier League duty until last month, the Clarets have been hit hard by injuries.

That, along with an 18-game workload following European qualification, has stretched resources and made it a testing start to the season.

And Dyche – whose side is 15th in the table after just two Premier League wins so far – is looking forward to the time he has everyone available to help the Clarets get back firing on all cylinders.

He added: “What I’m waiting for and hoping for is everyone gets fit and then we have that in-house competitive element and then the games programme, of course.

“That would be a great marker, because if you look at it, we haven’t had that all season yet.

“That’s a real marker when we can say ‘okay, where are we going with this now? Where are we as a group going?

“In the meantime, we are fighting hard and working hard to get points on the board to make sure we’re intact for that period when hopefully everyone gets a level playing field and we’re all fit and we’re all well.”

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