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Boss Sean Dyche to utilise squad strength for Carabao Cup clash

27 August 2019

Sean Dyche will make changes for the Clarets’ Carabao Cup opener against Sunderland on Wednesday night.

New loan signing Danny Drinkwater is among those set for a taste of the action in the second-round tie at Turf Moor.

And Dyche believes he is able to send out a “quality line-up” from arguably the strongest squad he has assembled as Burnley boss in a bid to keep the Clarets’ momentum going and avoid a repeat of last season’s upset against Burton Albion.

“It’s not just a chance (to play). I’ve said I think it’s the most balanced and competitive group I’ve had here,” said Dyche, whose ever-present Premier League line-up has taken four points from their opening three games.

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“It’s not a guarantee. You could argue about other groups because I feel I’ve had some good ones here.

“But when I look at the rounded side of the squad - and the fact we have minimal injuries as well at the moment - I think they are players that are capable.

“So, I will certainly be changing the side. There’s no reason not to when you think of the quality of players that will come into the side.

“But there’s no other thought than winning the game – absolutely none.

“We want to win as many games as we can. We know the feeling from last year when it didn’t go our way and that’s not a good feeling that you want.”

Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is not under consideration after under-going a scan to assess a calf problem picked up in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The Clarets don’t believe it’s a serious issue but have taken the precaution of a further look following a similar problem last season for the Icelandic international who has an ‘outside chance’ of being back for Saturday’s visit of Liverpool.

Robbie Brady will also miss the cup tie, with the winger penciled in for some game-time away from first-team action to get him up to speed following his injury absence.


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