Burnley striker Ings injury better than feared

Good news: Clarets striker Danny Ings could only be out for a couple of weeks after hurting his ankle at Birmingham

Good news: Clarets striker Danny Ings could only be out for a couple of weeks after hurting his ankle at Birmingham

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The verdict on Danny Ings’ ankle injury is “better than it could have been” after a visit to a specialist on Wednesday.

The 25-goal top-scorer is likely to be out of action for another week or two, having picked up a knock in last Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at Birmingham City.

Ings, named the SkyBet Championship Player of the Year on Sunday, sat out Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Leeds, but boss Sean Dyche was pleased with the prognosis: “Danny saw the specialist on Wednesday and he was pretty happy with it, it’s nothing too sinister.

“He needs good care and attention to let it settle properly, but we think it will settle quickly.

“He’ll certainly be a couple of weeks, but it’s already a week since it happened.

“It’s a lot better than it could have been anyway.

“It’s an upper ankle sprain, and we’re pleased with how it’s responding.

“The good thing now is he can do work in the pool or on a bike, that will help him keep ticking over.

“And everyone knows what a fit lad he is.”

Dyche was in attendance at The Brewery in London as Ings collected his award, beating off competition from Leeds striker Ross McCormack and Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, and he felt it was richly deserved: “It is of great value to the group - we want people to be recognised, and he recognised how good the group has been for him.

“There have been some high performers in our group, and at other clubs, so the award shows what a great season he is having.

“When we came in, there were things we thought, as a staff, we could guide Danny towards and add to his game, and he has taken ownership of that.

“The club paid a considerable amount of money for him, and he has always had good aspects to his game, and we’ve just tried to enhance that.

“He deserves the award.

“We value people as people and footballers, and he wants to do well for himself and the team.

“He’s shown resilience in games, producing that bit of magic when maybe he’s had a quiet game, and he always has that work ethic.”

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