Burnley boss Sean Dyche taking it 'one day at a time' with walking wounded

Sean Dyche admits he is taking it “one day at a time at the moment, never mind one game at a time” as he assessed his walking wounded.

Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 9:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 9:30 am
Charlie Taylor receives treatment

Burnley beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening, but were again without Dwight McNeil, Jack Cork, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra, while Jay Rodriguez was absent with a knee problem suffered at Leeds on Sunday.

And to make matters worse, Charlie Taylor was forced off in the first half with a hamstring injury, suffered after being shoved by Blades forward David McGoldrick.

It remains to be seen if any will recover to feature against Fulham at Turf Moor on Sunday, and Dyche said: “We’ve been stretched so far this season, every time we get everyone back, we get more injuries, which is a real challenge for us.

“Unfortunately that’s happened again, so then you’re operating with different players in different positions, we’re asking a lot of Erik Pieters to play wide left at the start, he has then to go to left back, and Josh Benson – a young central midfield player earning his spurs – has to go wide and do a shift for us there.”

On Taylor, he explained: “Unfortunately, he’s fouled, but the referee doesn’t give a foul because he doesn’t go sliding all over the floor, and as he breaks away from the foul, he pulls his hamstring.

“If the ref had blown for a foul, he wouldn’t have pulled his hamstring. We’ll have to wait for more news on that.”

And on his absentees, he added: “Jay jolted his knee, so we’re hoping that settles down, Vyds tweaked his back and is still struggling, although we don’t think it’s serious. Dwighty has a strain which is settling nicely but we can’t risk him. Johann is still on his way back to full sharpness. Corky is going along nicely, he’s getting stronger.

“We’ll have a roll call, we’re one day at a time at the moment, never mind one game at a time, look at things as it goes.”