It’s safe to say that Burnley have enjoyed a relatively successful season so far.
The Clarets have found themselves in and around the top six this term, having been pencilled in as relegation candidates at the beginning of the campaign.
What’s even more impressive is the success they’ve enjoyed despite missing out on several first-team regulars through injury.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton – the club’s best player last season – has been out since September, while a knee injury has kept Jon Walters on the sidelines for lengthy periods.
What’s more, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour suffered season-ending injuries midway through the year, while the likes of James Tarkowski, Scott Arfield, Phil Bardsley, Chris Wood and Matt Lowton have all faced spells in and out of the squad with various knocks.
And it’s only getting worse, with Sean Dyche – the team’s manager – reportedly ‘out for the season’ with a thigh injury.
The club have been in Portugal this week for some warmer weather training, and it appears Dyche ruptured a thigh muscle on the second day.
Speaking in to the press yesterday, Dyche said: “I am out for the season, I was devastated!
“I’ve ruptured my quad when I was feeding the balls in to training.
“The physios were telling me when you concentrate on something else and you try to do something physical that split second moment your brain doesn’t lock in to what it needs to do and my quad ruptured, so one of my quad muscles has got no join. It recovers in about 12 weeks.
“I like my running but I can’t run at the minute, I’ve had loads of injuries but never anything on my thighs. It was only the second day and I had my leg strapped up.
“I fell on the floor when it happened and the lads all laughed and carried on.”
I guess we had to be there, eh Sean?
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