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Gudmundsson Back In The Frame

Dyche pleased with squad strength as wingman returns to the fold

19 September 2019

Wingman Johann Berg Gudmundsson is back in contention for the Clarets as they return to Turf Moor on Saturday.

Gudmundsson has missed Burnley’s last two Premier League games with a calf strain picked up at Wolves last month.

The Icelander isn’t certain to start against a Norwich side which put champions Manchester City to the sword last Saturday.

“He’s fit, but he hasn’t trained a lot so we’ve got to make a decision with that,” said Dyche.

But Gudmundsson’s availability means on-loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater is the only absentee.

And Dyche is happy with the options at his disposal as he looks forward to his 313th game in charge of the Clarets, a tally which will lift him into fourth place in the all-time list for games as Burnley manager.

 

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“We’ve come back to a healthy group, so we’re pleased with that,” added the Clarets’ chief, who saw Jeff Hendrick come off the bench at Brighton last weekend to score a dramatic late equaliser and maintain Burnley’s point-a-game start to the season.

“I mentioned it in pre-season. I think we’ve got a competitive squad.

“I think year-on-year we’ve tried to build that.

“We know we haven’t got bundles of money every year just to correct it and build it all in one go.

“We’ve had to nip away at it every year and change and add players where we could, and I think this is a competitive group.

“I think any given weekend the margins are tight for who we pick and looking to pick the right team.

“We are looking for everybody to be ready and I think they are. I spoke to them today after training because they look ready.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, we want them to be ready to perform and I’ve been pleased with that.”

There was further good news on the injury front on Thursday when midfielder Mace Goodridge stepped up his comeback in the Under-23s.

The 20-year-old started his first game in almost a year following knee surgery as Steve Stone’s side knocked Fleetwood Town out of the LFA Senior Cup on penalties.

Goodridge, who figured at first-team level during pre-season in 2018, returned as a substitute at Charlton for the Under-23s earlier this month and then added to his game time with an hour in a 0-0 draw against the Cod Army in the first-round tie at the Barnfield Training Centre which saw Burnley go through in a shoot-out.


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