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Bardsley Waits For Reunion Go-Ahead

Former United defender among those facing fitness checks

28 January 2019

Phil Bardsley is among those facing a late fitness check to see whether he can face former club Manchester United.

Bardsley has been nursing a knock and was among those left out of the Clarets’ FA Cup exit at Manchester City on Saturday.

And the right-back – who has started Burnley’s last four games during their unbeaten Premier League run – will be assessed ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Old Trafford along with wingers Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady.

“We are waiting on Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Phil Bardsley,” confirmed manager Sean Dyche, who is planning without Matt Lowton due to a toe injury.

“I’ll also find out more about Robbie Brady’s injury today.

“There are a number of situations in the balance.

“We’ll see if those bodies are back tomorrow. It will be helpful if they are.”

Gudmundsson has missed the Clarets’ last three games but has a chance of returning following a hip problem, while Brady, another former Old Trafford old boy, is under assessment after tweaking a groin in the fourth-round loss at City.

The Clarets now cross Manchester to take on a United side boasting a 100 per cent win record since former playing favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge in mid-December.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson's last league appearance was at Huddersfield

United have won eight out of eight – including two rounds of the FA Cup – since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in a, for now, temporary capacity.

Under the Norwegian, United have closed to within three points of a top-four place.

But the Clarets will be out to stall that momentum by extending their own impressive run which has brought them three wins and a draw since Boxing Day to climb three points clear of the relegation places.

“The players know Manchester United are in good form,” added Dyche.

“They’ve had a new manager bounce and it appears there’s a different feeling in the group.

“It seems there’s a little bit more spark.

“But we’ve been going along well ourselves. We’ve consistently performed well in recent weeks and we’ve got to stay with those high standards.”


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