Burnley face anxious wait over ace Ings
Sean Dyche faces an anxious wait on the extent of Danny Ings’ hamstring injury.
Ings came off just before half-time in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and was later in tears in the dugout, as he pondered a period on the sidelines in his first season in the Premier League, with England Under 21s’ European Championship play-off with Croatia also to come next month.
Dyche said on Saturday: “It’s too early yet, he’s snapped his leg down to get the ball under control and his hamstring has gone tight. The good thing is we got him off straight away, which always prevents further damage. But it will probably be another 48 hours before we know.”
Midfielder Matt Taylor sat out the game with a slight niggle, with new signing George Boyd coming in for his debut in his place.
Dyche explained: “We thought Matty would train Friday, but he’s got a minor Achilles and it was too sore.”
In the absence of Ings, Marvin Sordell got an extended taste of the action, and Dyche feels there is more to come from him: “Marvin is definitely one under the radar.
“He had a tough time at Bolton, and we’re trying to get him to breathe again. I had him as a young player at Watford and he was outstanding.
“He showed signs on Saturday, it’s just that little bit of belief in himself, and it will come with the work we do with him on the training ground and the group we’ve got.
“There were good moments from him, and Juke (Lukas Jutkiewicz)was outstanding - he was a good foil and I thought he got roughed up a bit and stood his ground, as he does.
“He was excellent, as he was against Manchester United as well. He just needs a goal, like all strikers do.”
Since Scott Arfield’s goal against Chelsea 14 minutes into Burnley’s first game of the season, the Clarets have failed to find the net, but Dyche has no worries on that count: “The lads have got that (final third quality), we haven’t quite delivered it yet.
“There were a couple of occasions on Saturday when players, who I believe have got that quality for whatever reason, a moment of anxiety, you can sometimes rush things, moments when the game opens up more than you think, when you’re maybe better it doesn’t and you do things instantly...
“It’s just the details. We aware, it’s why the people who play up front drive the big cars and go for about £50m.
“There’s a reason for that, because they find ways of breaking teams down.
“We have to operate as a unit to find ways of doing that, and there are good signs. We just need to add that clarity in the final third.”